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By the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, an historical tale set in eighteenth century Sweden, in which the action is dominated by a mysterious ring which seems to blight the lives of those who own it. It is a disturbing saga of superstition and the supernatural, of revenge from beyond the grave, and in many ways, is a forerunner of modern feminist writing. A rather exotic ghost story."" - Publishers Weekly. ""[An] immensely sensitive translation, which achieves both the deceptive simplicity and the reverberating dimensions of Lagerlöf's text."" - Swedish Book Review.
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Original Language: Swedish
In 1909, Selma Lagerlof became the first woman and the first Swede to win the Nobel Prize for literature; today, she is almost completely unknown in the United States. Only recently have present-day readers had access to an English translation of The Lowenskold Ring, a gripping, moving novel that combines a ghost story with political, cultural, and psychological analysis. The story is told by one of a long line of women who have sat round the fire, spinning, weaving, and telling stories. It begins with a splendid ring, given to General Lowenskold for service to King Charles XII. The General wants the ring buried with him, and even though it could feed many of the farmers left hungry by years of war, it is agreed - it will be buried. But the ring is stolen from the tomb, and from that point on, the General's ghost walks abroad, exacting revenge. There is far more to this story than the supernatural effects, however. Like one of the women sitting around the fire, combining work and stories, Selma Lagerlof maintains the tension of the ghost story, while at the same time giving us insight into eighteenth-century Sweden, life among the elite and working classes, the role and lot of women, and the essential question of certainty itself. How do we judge innocence? How do we know our own motives? And who, or what, makes us do what we do? -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister
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Book Description Norvik Pr, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1870041143
Book Description Norvik Pr, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111870041143
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