The Story of Gösta Berling
“The Story of Gösta Berling”, written in 1891, is not only Selma Lagerlöf’s first novel, but also one of her most known and read. Set in the countryside of Sweden, with which Lagerlöf was so familiar, it is a story whose main character is hard to fully sympathize with.
Although the tale is deeply rooted in descriptions of the environment and daily life at a mansion, the devil also plays a big part of the intrigue in a folklore manner.
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.