Anna Svard

Anna Svard

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The curse on the Loewenskoeld family comes to fruition in unexpected ways in this final volume of the Loewenskoeld cycle. Anna Svard is also very much a novel of women's struggle toward finding fulfillment. The Loewenskoeld Ring resonates with 'beggars cannot be choosers' in relation to what a poor woman can expect in life, while Charlotte Loewenskoeld moves toward women having some choices. In Anna Svard the eponymous protagonist takes full and impressive control of her own life and destiny. The question of motherhood and the fates of the children with whom the characters engage is another theme. The reader goes on to follow Charlotte, Karl-Artur, Thea and their families, familiar from the previous volume, through this compact novel as it moves relentlessly toward a chilling denoument. Selma Lagerloef (1858-1940) quickly established herself as a major author of novels and short stories, and her work has been translated into close to 50 languages. Most of the translations into English were made soon after the publication of the original Swedish texts and have long been out of date.
'Lagerloef in English' provides English-language readers with high-quality new translations of a selection of the Nobel Laureate's most important texts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 325g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 190940828X
  • 9781909408289
  • 978,919

About Selma Lagerloef

Selma Lagerloef (1858-1940) was born on a farm in Varmland, trained as a teacher and became, in her life-time, Sweden's most widely translated author ever. Novels such as Goesta Berlings saga (1891; Gosta Berling's Saga) and Jerusalem (1901-02) helped regenerate Swedish literature, and the school reader, Nils Holgersson's Wonderful Journey through Sweden (1906-07), has achieved enduring international fame and popularity. Two very different trilogies, the Loewenskoeld trilogy (1925-28) and the Marbacka trilogy (1922-32), the latter often taken to be autobiographical, give some idea of the range and power of Lagerlof's writing. Several of her texts inspired innovative films, among them Herr Arnes pengar (Sir Arne's Treasure), directed by Mauritz Stiller (1919) and based on Herr Arnes penningar (1903; Lord Arne's Silver), and Korkarlen (The Phantom Carriage), directed by Victor Sjoestroem (1921) and based on Lagerloef's Korkarlen (1912). She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, as the first woman ever, in 1909, and elected to the Swedish Academy, again as the first woman, in 1914. Having been able to buy back the farm of Marbacka, which her family had lost as the result of bankruptcy, Lagerloef spent the last three decades of her life combining her writing with the responsibilities of running a sizeable estate. Her work has been translated into close to 50 languages.
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