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Tenant farmer Jan loves his daughter Glory Goldie more than anything in the world But financial problems cause his daughter to move to Stockholm to find work at She soon stops sending letters hom

Tenant farmer Jan loves his daughter Glory Goldie more than anything in the world. But financial problems cause his daughter to move to Stockholm to find work at 17. She soon stops sending letters home, having fallen into a bad lifestyle. To cope, Jan sinks into a world of his own imagination, where Glory Goldie is the Empress and he is the Emperor of Portugallia. His life is filled with thoughts of the Empress' return.This book is written in a fairy-tale-like style, and has some elements of magical realism. In some instances, Jan's visions and dreams might not all be attributed to his madness.The last section of this story is very emotional and will tug at your heart. (It made me cry!) Popular The Emperor of Portugalia By Selma Lagerlöf Viral Books This is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe this work is culturally importanThis is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.. Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerl f was a Swedish author In 1909 she became the first woman to ever receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings She later also became the first female member of the Swedish Academy Born in the forested countryside of Sweden she was told many of the classic Swedish fairytales, which she would later use as inspiration in her magic realist writings Since she for some of her early years had problems with her legs she was born with a faulty hip she would also spend a lot of time reading books such as the Bible.As a young woman she was a teacher in the southern parts of Sweden for ten years before her first novel G sta Berling s Saga was published As her writer career progressed she would keep up a correspondance with some of her former female collegues for almost her entire life Lagerl f never married and was almost certainly a lesbian she never officially stated that she was, but most later researchers believe this to be the case For many years her constant companion was fellow writer Sophie Elkan, with whom she traveled to Italy and the Middle East Her visit to Palestine and a colony of Christians there, would inspire her to write Jerusalem, her story of Swedish farmers converting into a evangelical Christian group and travelling to The American Colony in Jerusalem.Lagerl f was involved in both women issues as well as politics She would among other things help the Jewish writer Nelly Sachs to come to Sweden and donated her Nobel medal to the Finnish war effort against the Soviet union Outside of Sweden she s perhaps most widely known for her children s book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.. A viral Books The Emperor of Portugalia I bow to Selma Lagerlöf! It is hard to describe what Selma Lagerlöf means to my understanding of literature. She has an obvious place on a piedestal since she was the first woman to be accepted into the Swedish Academy, and also the first to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her work occasionally shows signs of her early teaching profession, most notably Nils Holgersson, which I still love to consult to teach students from all parts of the world about Swedish geography, so she means a lot for me in my own professional life.But that is not what she really is to me. Like Strindberg, she has provided endless Swedish sayings, and my father has a habit of quoting the opening lines of Gösta Berling after completing some physically exhausting task, with a sarcastic smile evoking the morally ambiguous character, who preaches drunk in his small Värmland community: "Äntligen stod prästen i predikstolen. (Finally, the priest stood on the pulpit)"Her stories are magical, and appealed to me as a child, drawing me into a universe of Swedish woods, harsh lives and magical stories to lighten up dark and heavy feelings. Whoever has spent childhood years in remote Swedish landscapes, between dark green trees, rocks, bushes and berries, will know that is natural to expect trolls, fairies and strange creatures to appear on the narrow paths. The woods are closing in on the human communities, on the shores of the lakes, on the rivers. Ronja The Robber's Daughter is as real to me as a walk in Swedish nature can be, smelling of moist vegetation, fighting for the sparse sun rays.Selma Lagerlöf, whose mansion Mårbacka in Sunne in Värmland evokes the stuff on which dreams and nightmares are made, had deep psychological insight into the traditions and stories of rural Swedish life, she understood more than most others the strange connectedness to nature that was an integral part of it. At the same time, she was a brilliant and modern mind, politically active, and she felt the choking atmosphere of tradition colliding with modern wishes for freedom and a wider horizon.In "The Emperor of Portugalia", this is heartbreakingly shown. It is the story of a young girl who wants to see the world but is held back by the endless love of her father. She breaks free, and her father never recovers from the pain of losing her. He retreats into a fantasy world, imagining a glamorous life for his daughter and losing touch with reality as a result.The tragic end brings the daughter back to the woods she escaped from. With her, she is carrying all the melancholy of not fitting in and not being able to adjust to the modern world of the bigger towns either. She is torn between her disgust for the ancient way of life and her inability to build a constructive future for herself, independently and freely. The story reminds me of Virginia Woolf's reflections on women and their struggles in A Room of One's Own, making the case that they simply lacked the time, space and financial means to rise to the same level of creativity as men, historically speaking. Woolf's anecdote, telling the story of a fictitious sister of Shakespeare, equally talented, but closed off from the stage that William could enter, reflects the anti-heroine in "The Emperor of Portugalia" and her dilemma. When I first read the story many years ago, I identified fully with her, even though she is not depicted in a favourable way, letting her parents down over and over again. It was her wish to embrace the world, at all costs, that made me understand her, relate to her. I had also wanted to flee the imposing, dark, lonely woods and the chains of family life.Now, however, with children becoming adolescents, getting ready to leave my nest in a couple of years, I cry with the father who is broken, looking fatally ill when he realises that his daughter does not want to stay, that she longs for the world beyond his horizons:"Jan gick krokig och såg dödssjuk ut. På rocken hade han mossa och jord. [...] hon längtade bort från dem ut i världen,... "I feel with the older generation now that time catches up with me. I guess that is one of those gifts you receive from world literature: the story grows with you, accompanies you and holds your hand on your life journey just like Virgil in Dante's The Divine Comedy.To make the connection between Astrid Lindgren's and Selma Lagerlof's family stories complete, I found myself crying hysterically when I read aloud to my children, some years ago, the lines, yelled out in desperation by Ronja's unruly father Mattis, when she moved out to a cave to escape his oppressing moods: "Jag har inge barn! (I have no child!)"So if I am standing here, lost in a dark forest, middle aged, looking for guidance how to approach this new experience in life, swapping from being young and adventurous to not-so-young and protective of my offspring, I hope to take these two wise ladies of Swedish literature by the hand, and slowly grow old in their way, climbing trees and telling mythical stories, in touch with the woods they grew up in and with the world they chose for themselves!I hope the "Emperor of Portugalia" with his broken heart and mind will have cathartic effects on generations of parents: love your children, nurture them, but set them free as well, so they will happily come flying back to the nest to check in on the life in the woods occasionally!Mattis managed to find the balance, with a lot of help from his wise wife Lovis:"JAG HAR MITT BARN! (I HAVE MY CHILD!)" echoes in the robber's woods for miles, when he and Ronja make peace and give Lindgren's version of "Romeo and Juliet" a happy ending, with a twist:Ronja and Birk upset their proud robber fathers with the official announcement that they will never be robbers themselves! An act of development...
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    Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerl f was a Swedish author In 1909 she became the first woman to ever receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings She later also became the first female member of the Swedish Academy Born in the forested countryside of Sweden she was told many of the classic Swedish fairytales, which she would later use as inspiration in her magic realist writings Since she for some of her early years had problems with her legs she was born with a faulty hip she would also spend a lot of time reading books such as the Bible.As a young woman she was a teacher in the southern parts of Sweden for ten years before her first novel G sta Berling s Saga was published As her writer career progressed she would keep up a correspondance with some of her former female collegues for almost her entire life Lagerl f never married and was almost certainly a lesbian she never officially stated that she was, but most later researchers believe this to be the case For many years her constant companion was fellow writer Sophie Elkan, with whom she traveled to Italy and the Middle East Her visit to Palestine and a colony of Christians there, would inspire her to write Jerusalem, her story of Swedish farmers converting into a evangelical Christian group and travelling to The American Colony in Jerusalem.Lagerl f was involved in both women issues as well as politics She would among other things help the Jewish writer Nelly Sachs to come to Sweden and donated her Nobel medal to the Finnish war effort against the Soviet union Outside of Sweden she s perhaps most widely known for her children s book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.

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  • I bow to Selma Lagerl f It is hard to describe what Selma Lagerl f means to my understanding of literature She has an obvious place on a piedestal since she was the first woman to be accepted into the Swedish Academy, and also the first to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature Her work occasionally shows signs of her early teaching profession, most notably Nils Holgersson, which I still love to consult to teach students from all parts of the world about Swedish geography, so she means a lot f [...]


  • Tenant farmer Jan loves his daughter Glory Goldie than anything in the world But financial problems cause his daughter to move to Stockholm to find work at 17 She soon stops sending letters home, having fallen into a bad lifestyle To cope, Jan sinks into a world of his own imagination, where Glory Goldie is the Empress and he is the Emperor of Portugallia His life is filled with thoughts of the Empress return.This book is written in a fairy tale like style, and has some elements of magical real [...]


  • I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did It caught me unexpectedly off guard and I liked it immensely What I had heard about it before was that it explored the psychological response of a man letting his daughter go out into the world What I found was a heart wrenching story about love, affection, loneliness and longing It is the story of a man who loves his daughter so much, that when she leaves, the only way for him to deal with the world is to become The Emperor of Portugalia The [...]



  • Il realismo fiabesco di un romanzo consolatorioAttenzione anticipazioni sulla tramaL imperatore di Portugallia il primo romanzo di Selma Lagerl f che leggo, e non essendo, a detta di molti critici, il suo capolavoro, pu darsi che la sua lettura non sia sufficiente per articolare complessivamente un giudizio sull autrice Tuttavia pare che questo romanzo sia pienamente ascrivibile alla poetica della scrittrice svedese se cos mi sento di affermare sin da subito che Selma Lagerl f rappresenta, nel p [...]


  • Struggente, letto tutto d un fiato Impossibile staccarsi dai personaggi, dalla storia, dall a estremo di un padre verso la propria figlia, di un uomo che non riesce e non vuole vedere il male che potrebbe vanificare l immagine idealizzata dell unico a della sua vita.Ho adorato poi gli squarci di fantasy che vanno a colorare il remoto e isolato villaggio svedese, ancora basato su un sistema fortemente feudale rappresentante, a seconda della bont dei signori che si succedono, sia l armonia che l i [...]



  • Kejsarn av Portugallien r en otrolig bok Skriven f r s pass l nge sedan och nd aktuell Den beskriver m nniskans innersta och den speciella k rleken mellan far och dotter som f r oss att bli ber rda oavsett tid och rum Person och milj beskrivningar r fantastiska Samtidigt r det inte sv rl st p n got s tt, allt r enkelt och l ttfattligt, men ack s vackert.



  • So this is the first book I read in Swedish A very beautiful story of love and longing, and I m thankful to my Swedish friend who suggested it, because the language is easy and I could understand almost every word and didn t need to use a dictionary, not even once I m not familiar with Selma Lagerl f s work, apart from Nils Holgersson, and I liked it very much, so guess I will try another one soon And, as I expected from what I ve already learned of the language in movies and tv series, Swedish [...]


  • A bitersweet epic about a father and his only joy in life his daugther For a 200 page story she put in a lot of story,characters,historical realism,important messages,symbolism Also female characters was human,well rounded as expected from a female classic writer compared to a male one.Not the best written classic novel but too important story,message to rate 4 stars.


  • La storia di un a incondizionato di un padre verso sua figlia, e del tentativo disperato del genitore che, pur nella follia, mira ad una funzione di guida verso il bene.


  • Questa una favola, una favola amara La storia dell a cos sconfinato e sviscerale di un padre per la propria figlia Jan di Skrolycka scopre l a per la sua unica figlia nello stesso istante in cui la prende in braccio per la prima volta E per un povero contadino delle Askedalar, in cui la terra diventa ghiaccio e attorno ci sono solo montagne, laghi, e venti che li spazzano senza tregua, questa l unica felicit che possa riempire il cuore Vive per Klara Gulla, cos bella da portare la benedizione de [...]


  • translationtbr busting 20123Msspring 2012ebookGutenberg172 ratingsswedishKejsarn av Portugallien 1914 Translated by Velma Swanston HowardOpening THE BEATING HEART Jan of Ruffluck Croft never tired of telling about the day when his little girl came into the world In the early morning he had been to fetch the midwife, and other helpers all the forenoon and a good part of the afternoon he had sat on the chopping block, in the woodshed, with nothing to do but to wait.I am still having problems with [...]


  • As I read this book in Swedish, it took me about a month to finish it.I feel bad but sometimes I was bored with the pace of the story and when I got to the last chapter I was surprised by the endingwhen I read the last sentence of the book, the first thing I said was love can hurt you so much, and there is no love like the love of your parents Anyone wants someone who will love forever, through thick and thin, no matter what we do or become, and this is what people calls unconditional love




  • En ganska sorglig historia om felslagen k rlek och sj lviskhet N r hans lskade dotter Klara Gulla flyttar till storstaden blir Jan f rst besviken och sedan b rjar han hitta p allt mer vidlyftiga historier om varf r hon aldrig h r av sig N r han till slut f r veta vilken bana hon slagit in p , blir han galen och utn mner sig sj lv til Kejsaren av Portugallien.



  • Happiness Beyond Reality The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerl fAbridged version of my review posted on Edith s Miscellany on 10 January 2014Life isn t always easy Now and then most of us have to go through a situation when reality is so hard to bear that it almost drives us crazy At such times many people withdraw into themselves and some seek relief in the realm of imagination Usually this escapism is temporary and limited to reading novels or watching films, but others turn their backs o [...]


  • Forse a ognuno di noi capitato una volta nella vita di diventare Imperatore di Portugallia, per non dover sopportare un distacco, un addio, una separazione Molti reagiscono con cinismo, altri sono pi forti e sanno spiegare e accettare razionalmente ci che sta accadendo, oppure non provano quell a infinito di Jan verso la figlioletta Ma quando la separazione inaccettabile, inaccessibile, inspiegabile, allora al posto del dolore e dalla lacerazione pu arrivare l Imperatore di Portugallia una realt [...]


  • Fem hela stj rnor fr n mig r b de ovanligt och lite exhalterande, i alla fall fr n min egna sida Selma Lagerl fs bok Kejsaren av Portugallien r v rd b da dessa k nslor Boken handlar om Jan, en man fr n de sm l ndska bygderna, som m ste ta itu sina k nslor att l mna ver sin dotter Klara till v rlden i detta fall till Stockholm Lagerl fs spr k m lar upp en bild av alla Jans k nslor, fr n de minsta till de st rsta, fr n k rleken till sin dotter till hatet mot rykterna om henne Men Lagerl f r inte b [...]


  • A fost o dat ca niciodat , a fost o dat un ran s rman dintr un sat pierdut n Suedia i ntr o zi, cum st tea el sup rat, murat de ploaie i p truns de ger, o veste i a luminat chipul i via a nevasta lui n scuse o feti Din acest moment, din acea zi friguroas c nd devine tat , Jan Andresson din Skrolycka e un alt om i povestea vie ii acestui alt om o vom afla din mp ratul Portugaliei de Selma Lagerl f trad Liliana Donose Samuelsson, Editura Humanitas, 2012.Klara Fina Gulleborg o va boteza, Klara Frum [...]


  • Jans Andersson de Skrolycka ne se lassa jamais, m me dans sa vieillesse, de parler du jour o naquit sa petite fille Ainsi commence L empereur du Portugal, histoire d un amour fou, d une passion absolue, qui est un des plus beaux romans de Selma Lagerl f Cette fille qu il a eue tard, Jans Andersson lui donnera le plus joli nom qu il puisse trouver, que le soleil lui a souffl Claire Belle Et il l aimera de tout son vieux coeur, de toutes ses forces d clinantes, avec patience, avec obstination, san [...]


  • I m not sure if I should write this review in English or Swedish cause it s a Swedish writer but I ll go with English I don t have much to say anyway.We read this book in my Swedish class for a reflection and an essay about the book So I won t do the whole analyzing thing with this one, because I will include that in my essay It will be a bit much for me writing this here too.Okay, to sum up This book wasn t my cup of tea at all Lagerl f writes in a realistic way and it s easy to see the charact [...]


  • It s a story about paternal love and possibly God, but let s leave symbolic interpretations out of this madness, and so forth What I personally got the most out of it though was the depiction of 19th century swedish rural life Lagerl f is I guess one of the authors who defined our view of this setting, with it s clear and graduated class structure, it s poor cottagers, etc It s short, so I would recommend it if only for the experience Lagerl f has a very particular style, somewhere between a fol [...]


  • I knew this was going to my favorites list.I really enjoyed this book I wouldn t have thought that I would like it, and I wouldn t have even known about it if not for literature lessons at school I really enjoyed going through Jan s life, and getting to know his feelings and situation better I felt really sorry for him, that his daughter turned out like that And the end she needed THAT to happen before she found out that her father loved her Really.But overall I really liked this book I liked th [...]


  • Jag tycker om boken, mycket f r att jag tycker om Lagerl f som f rfattare, men samtidigt st r jag mig lite p just ber ttarstilen Den r kortfattad och gestaltande, precis som jag brukar gilla, men jag k nner inte att jag riktigt l r k nna karakt rerna Man vet inte riktigt n r man f r tolka utifr n Jans perspektiv eller fr n ett ber ttarperspektiv Sedan har man kanske vant sig att l sa mer djuplodande psykologiska romanen Men om man ska tolka det mer som s gen s r det en h rlig bok, om n med m rka [...]


  • It is filled with familial love and realizations of what happiness is too late There are some bumps Lagerl f writes in this book as if she isn t sure this is a children s book or a novel for adults , but the final quarter of the book ramps up the emotion and ties you into the gifts of love It is a story not unlike Silverstein s The Giving Tree.


  • First book I ever read in Swedish Classic It was a gift from my Swedish teacher, which makes perfect sense Really has nothing to do with the Swedes today, but a perfect reflector of early rural life when the country was actually starving, believe it or not Masterpiece Also, where my internet name comes from.


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