Memoirs of a Child (Mårbacka II)

Author: Selma Lagerlöf
Translator: Sarah Death
ISBN-13: 9781909408715
Pages: 258
Published: 2022
Series: B No. 85

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In this second part of her notionally autobiographical trilogy, Selma Lagerlöf broadens the perspective from the farm where she grew up to include the people and places around Lake Fryken in her beloved Värmland county. The personal creation myth which she began in Mårbacka continues here with a focus on the self-discipline and imagination needed to fulfil a childhood ambition to become an author. It is hard work that sometimes means taking a stand against convention but also a deeply enriching process in a home steeped in storytelling and books. The mature author reveals the roots of the young bibliophile’s growing skill in deploying fiction to manipulate and embellish reality, producing a wryly charming, tongue-in-cheek account that we should beware of taking at face value.

Selma Lagerlöf (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of the translations into English were made soon after the publication of the original Swedish texts and have long been out of date. This Norvik Press series ‘Lagerlöf in English’ provides English-language readers with high-quality new translations of a selection of the Nobel Laureate’s most important texts.


Series Preface
Aline Laurell
Bible Interpretation
The Vow
The Game of Cards
The Marseillaise
Forty Below
Maja Råd
The Church Visit
The Kiss
The Sunne Ball
Elin Laurell
Pastor Unger
The Easter Witch
Anna Lagerlöf
Uncle Schenson
The Pond
Agrippa Prästberg
At the Jetty
The Well
At Fair Time
Translator’s Afterword

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