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The Miracles of Antichrist

Selma Lagerlöf

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What are you saying?” she screamed. “You lie, you lie!” and she was ready to strike him.

“Buy my paper, signora, before you strike me,”[53] said the boy. Giannita bought the paper and began to read. She found in it without difficulty the Palmeri affair.

“Since this case is to be tried to-day in the courts,” wrote the paper, “we will give an account of it.”

Giannita read and read. She read it over and over before she understood. There was not a muscle in her body which did not begin to tremble with horror when she at last comprehended it.

Her god-sister’s father, who had owned great vineyards, had been ruined, because the blight had laid them waste. And that was not the worst. He had also dissipated a charitable fund which had been intrusted to him. He was arrested, and to-day he was to be tried.

Giannita crushed the newspaper together, threw it into the street an. . . Read More

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Something I enjoy about many pre-1945 novels is the kind of explicitly philosophical bent that they take. Of course, contemporary novels don't necessarily eschew philosophical ideas. Rather, those ideas don't seem to me to be as on the surface either because I, as a contemporary, am too close to...more

Zo mooi hoe Lagerlöf dit verhaal vertelt... Als de kleine Gaetano die priester wil worden door een onbekende oudtante wordt overgehaald met haar mee te gaan naar een dorpje nabij de Etna, puur door haar verhaal over hoe het daar is, wil je ook mee. Lagerlöf verhaalt van schrijnende armoede en gro...more

Valahogy nálam nem érte el azt a hatást, amit a Gösta Berling vagy a Jeruzsálem. Hogy azért nem, mert hiányzott belőle valami, vagy azért nem, mert volt benne valami, ami nem kellett volna legyen, azon bizony eleget tépelődtem. Ha van Lagerlöfnek utánozhatatlan specialitása, az az, hogy egy mozai...more

Jag kanske är orättvis, men jag tycker ändå att Lagerlöf brukar kunna bättre än så här. Huvudkaraktärerna får inte tillräckligt med mänsklighet för att man ska investera ordentliga känslor i dem, vilket är en nödvändighet när intrigen är som den är. Kärlekshistorien är också i mossigaste laget.

There were many things to like about this book, but really, it was the way Lagerlof told her tale. Her ability to mix the past with the present was beautifully done - starting a chapter with a story from long ago, then bringing it to the present with it's affects on today. In this way, characters...more

En vindlande berättelse som liknar latinamerikansk berättartradition en hel del. Varvade med annan läsning.

There are many beautiful passages in this unfairly forgotten 1897 novel by the great Selma Lagerlöf. The following one, which comes right at the end, I liked so much that I have to try my hand at translating it:

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This is far more explicit a novel of ideas than the several other Lagerlof books I've read, and yet her brilliant plotting and loving character development do not at all suffer for that.

Lagerlof takes a brave stance here, in 1897, by employing the philosophical novel to examine the inherent flaws...more

Os Milagres do Anticristo é um romance de Selma Lagerlöf, a primeira mulher a receber um prémio Nobel da literatura em 1909.
A história desta obra recai sobre a temática da religião/política, sendo certo a relação entre ambos os temas só se descortina nas últimas páginas do livro.
Este livro conta-...more

Neste meu desiderato em tentar apropriar-me da leitura de algumas das obras escritas pelos galardoados com o prémio Nobel da Literatura de todos os tempos, encontrei neste “Os Milagres do Anti-Cristo” da escritora sueca Selma Lagerlöf, a razão dessa minha vontade! Tendo sido a primeira mulher a r...more

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