The Saga of Gosta Berling

The Saga of Gosta Berling


Introduction by: George C. Schoolfield
Translator: Paul Norlen

Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143105909
  • 432 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

One hundred years ago, Selma Lagerlöf became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She assured her place in Swedish letters with this sweeping historical epic, her first and best-loved novel, and the basis for the 1924 silent film of the same name that launched Greta Garbo to stardom. Set in 1820s Sweden, it tells the story of a defrocked minister named Gösta Berling. After his appetite for alcohol and previous indiscretions end his career, Berling finds a home at Ekeby, an ironworks estate owned by Margareta Celsing, the “Majoress,” that also houses and assortment of eccentric veterans of the Napoleanic Wars. Berling’s defiant and poetic spirit proves magnetic to a string of women, who fall under his spell against the backdrop of political intrigue at Margareta’s estate and the magnificent wintry beauty of rural Sweden.

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Praise

“At long last there is an excellent English translation of this important work by the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize for Literature.” —Swedish American Historical Quarterly

 



“At long last we have available to us a viable translation of one of the truly great works of Swedish literature sure to attract attention again to one of the region’s most significant authors and works.” —Scandinavian Studies

 



“Among [women novelists] of great talent or genius, none, in my opinion, is to be placed higher than Selma Lagerlof.” —Marguerite Yourcenar

 



“Every book of this great storyteller keeps on bringing us astonishing examples of her art. . . . No one in Europe can tell tales so unforgettably.” —Hermann Hesse

 



“Splendid . . . A fascinating peek into 19th century Sweden, and . . . a cracking good read.” —Belletrista
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