The Emperor of Portugallia
“The Emperor of Portugallia”, written in 1914, is the story of a man and his daughter Klara. She is the light of his life, but when she moves away and the father does not hear a word from her – only rumours about her being a prostitute in the capital – he starts to live in a fantasy world where Klara is the queen of Portugallia and he himself is its emperor.
“The Emperor of Portugallia” is both a tragic tale of not being able to deal with reality, and a fantastic story about how the realms of reality are not always enough.
Selma Lagerlöf was born in 1858 in the Swedish province of Värmland and is not only the first female laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature but also one of Sweden's most well known and loved writers. From her debut in 1891 on, Lagerlöf published a multitude of books, several of which have been translated into English.