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The Saga of Gösta Berling

The Saga of Gösta Berling

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1920s: The book that launched Greta Garbo’s career!

  • ISBN: 978-0143105909
  • Translator: Paul Norlen
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

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.

Travel Guide

BookTrail it to Varmland

Translator Sarah Death says:

“Disgraced clergyman Gösta Berling, a complex and imperfect man in search of love and redemption, is recruited to a gang of self-styled ‘cavaliers’ whose exploits cause havoc around the wolf-frequented shores of Lake Fryken in the beautiful province of Värmland.  For the literary traveller to Sweden, Värmland is warmly recommended and Lagerlöf’s home makes a wonderful day out.”

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Saga of Gösta Berling

Destination/location:  Varmland  Author/guide: Selma Lagerlöf   Departure Time: 1900s

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