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Invisible Links

Selma Lagerlöf

Book Overview: 

Invisible Links is a collection of short stories with an underlying theme about the links that influence and guide people’s actions and lives. 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.

Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She must have meant that he was to wait for her there, so that she could find him to give him his punishment. The funeral was a greeting, a token. She wished him to wait for her there.

To his sick brain the low churchyard wall rose as high as a rampart. He stared despairingly at the frail trellis-gate; it was like the most solid door of oak. He was imprisoned. He could never get away, until she herself came up and brought him his punishment.

What she was going to do with him he did not know. Only one thing was distinct and clear; that he must wait here until she came for him. Perhaps she would take him with her into the grave; perhaps she would command him to throw himse. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I think the stories are well told and beautifully descriptive, it seems that sometimes the parts in the stories do not match in style though, and sometimes this through me a little - as I thought I was reading a different story.

Of course, I would like to be able to read it in the original languag...more

The stories are wonderful, but could benefit from a new, fresher translation. Lagerlof certainly deserves it.

14 short stories by Selma Lagerlöf, written at the beginning of her career (she was 35), in a style that strongly reminds one of her style in Gösta Berling. "Miss Frederika" appears to be a summary of the author's life written many years later, but in fact is one of her first stories. Did she kno...more

I feel like there's an omission in translation, in terms of culture shock. The sentences are sufficiently translated for an English reader, but there is something lost in the stories, an aesthetic or a driving purpose that is known and agreed upon in Sweden. Without it, the characters' actions ca...more