Selma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish author and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909. She is best known for her novel 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils'.


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  1. 1. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

    The book follows the story of Nils, a mischievous boy who is transformed into a tiny elf by a magical creature as punishment for his bad behavior. Now tiny and capable of talking to animals, Nils embarks on a journey across Sweden on the back of a goose. Throughout his adventures, he learns important lessons about nature, geography, and folklore, and his experiences gradually transform him into a better person.

    The 2127th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Gösta Berling's Saga

    The novel tells the story of Gösta Berling, a defrocked minister who becomes a cavalier at Ekeby Manor in Värmland, Sweden. His journey is filled with a series of adventures, romantic encounters, and battles with the forces of nature and the changing seasons. Throughout the narrative, the themes of redemption, love, and the enduring spirit of community are explored. Gösta's character, along with the other cavaliers and the people of Värmland, represents the struggle between good and evil, and the power of love and redemption.

    The 2470th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Emperor of Portugallia

    "The Emperor of Portugallia" is a poignant tale of a poor Swedish farmer who loses his sanity after his beloved daughter leaves home to work in the city. He retreats into a fantasy world where he is the Emperor of Portugallia, and his daughter is the Empress. Despite the ridicule and scorn he faces from his community, he clings to his delusions, finding comfort and solace in them. The story is a profound exploration of love, loss, and the power of the human mind to create alternate realities as a coping mechanism.

    The 2733rd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Jerusalem

    This book is a profound exploration of faith, tradition, and the quest for spiritual fulfillment, set against the backdrop of rural Sweden and the Holy Land in the late 19th century. It tells the story of a group of Swedish peasants, inspired by religious fervor, who decide to abandon their homeland and emigrate to Jerusalem to live a purer life in the city of Jesus. The narrative delves into the lives of these individuals, examining their motivations, struggles, and the impact of their decision on the loved ones they leave behind. Through its vivid portrayal of contrasting landscapes and cultures, the novel examines themes of community, belief, and the search for a spiritual homeland, making it a timeless tale of human aspiration and longing.

    The 2863rd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Löwensköld Ring

    The novel revolves around a cursed ring, originally stolen from the grave of a Swedish nobleman, which brings misfortune to its possessors. As the ring passes through the hands of various characters, it exposes the greed, pride, and prejudice of a community, leading to a series of tragic events. The curse of the ring seems to be inescapable until it is finally returned to its rightful place, suggesting themes of justice, retribution, and the possibility of redemption. The story intertwines the supernatural with the psychological, exploring the impact of the past on the present and the intertwining of human fate with the mystical.

    The 3480th Greatest Book of All Time