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Invisible Links

Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlöf
By: (1858-1940)

Selma Lagerlöf was born in Vaermland, Sweden, in 1858 and enjoyed a long and very successful career as a writer, receiving the Nobel-Price in Literature in 1909. She died in Vaermland in 1940. Invisible Links (Osynliga länkar) is a collection of short stories with an underlying theme about the links that influence and guide people’s actions and lives. It was first published in 1894 and the English translation in 1895. The stories are often set in Lagerlöf’s Vaermland, but they also depict legends and history of Sweden, and some have connections to other works by Lagerlöf. Invisible Links is a good introduction to the writings of Selma Lagerlöf.

First Page:

INVISIBLE LINKS

FROM THE SWEDISH OF SELMA LAGERLÖF

TRANSLATED BY PAULINE BANCROFT FLACH

CONTENTS

THE SPIRIT OF FASTING AND PETTER NORD THE LEGEND OF THE BIRD'S NEST THE KING'S GRAVE THE OUTLAWS THE LEGEND OF REOR VALDEMAR ATTERDAG MAMSELL FREDRIKA THE ROMANCE OF A FISHERMAN'S WIFE MOTHER'S PORTRAIT A FALLEN KING A CHRISTMAS GUEST UNCLE REUBEN DOWNIE AMONG THE CLIMBING ROSES

THE SPIRIT OF FASTING AND PETTER NORD

I

I can see before me the little town, friendly as a home. It is so small that I know its every hole and corner, am friends with all the children and know the name of every one of its dogs. Who ever walked up the street knew to which window he must raise his eyes to see a lovely face behind the panes, and who ever strolled through the town park knew well whither he should turn his steps to meet the one he wished to meet.

One was as proud of the beautiful roses in the garden of a neighbor, as if they had grown in one's own. If anything mean or vulgar was done, it was as great a shame as if it had happened in one's own family; but at the smallest adventure, at a fire or a fight in the market place, one swelled with pride and said: "Only see what a community! Do such things ever happen anywhere else? What a wonderful town!"

In my beloved town nothing ever changes... Continue reading book >>


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