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Kejsarn av Portugallien: En Värmlandsberättelse

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"Hur gammal han än blev, så kunde Jan Andersson i Skrolycka aldrig tröttna på att berätta om den dagen, då den lilla flickan hans kom till världen."

Dottern Klara Gulla är livets ljus för den värmländske torparen Jan i Skrolycka. När hon ger sig iväg till storstaden och dras till det lättsinniga livet där spränger hans vanmäktiga faderskärlek allt förstånd, och han vandrar
Paperback, 184 pages
Published 1998 by Albert Bonniers Förlag (first published 1914)
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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 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 mag
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 more 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.
This book is one of a kind and an instant favorite! The story is about love and longing and Selma Lagerlöf describes these feelings beautifully.
Luisa Miniati
La storia di un amore 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.
Paolo Gianoglio
Forse a ognuno di noi è 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 più forti e sanno spiegare e accettare razionalmente ciò che sta accadendo, oppure non provano quell’amore infinito di Jan verso la figlioletta. Ma quando la separazione è inaccettabile, inaccessibile, inspiegabile, allora al posto del dolore e dalla lacerazione può arrivare l’Imperatore di Portugal ...more
Linnea Gelland
"Kejsarn av Portugallien" är en otrolig bok. Skriven för så pass länge sedan och ändå aktuell. Den beskriver människans innersta och den speciella kärleken mellan far och dotter som får oss att bli berörda oavsett tid och rum. Person- och miljöbeskrivningar är fantastiska. Samtidigt är det inte svårläst på något sätt, allt är enkelt och lättfattligt, men ack så vackert.
A fost o dată ca niciodată, a fost o dată un ţăran sărman dintr-un sat pierdut în Suedia. Şi într-o zi, cum stătea el supărat, murat de ploaie şi pătruns de ger, o veste i-a luminat chipul şi viaţa: nevasta lui născuse o fetiţă. Din acest moment, din acea zi friguroasă cînd devine tată, Jan Andresson din Skrolycka e un alt om şi povestea vieţii acestui alt om o vom afla din Împăratul Portugaliei de Selma Lagerlöf ( trad. Liliana Donose Samuelsson, Editura Humanitas, 2012).

Klara Fina Gulleborg o
I'm not sure how I ended up with this book in my reading queue. I got it from the library, and it's old school--hardcover, musty smell, brittle pages. Overall, it's a lovely book. Quite different from any new release. It's hard to describe, it's quite charming and at times sad and bitter.

The basic plot is about a poor man, his poor wife and their beautiful daughter. The beautiful daughter outgrows their simple poverty and leaves home for the city. The story is about how the father copes with hi
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. Lagerlöf writes in a realistic way and it's easy to see
Happiness Beyond Reality: The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerlöf

Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 10 January 2014

Life 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 bac
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Roberto Rho
un libro pieno di riferimenti fiabeschi, tenta di raccontare la vicenda drammatica di una famiglia,inserita nella miseria del contado svedese di fine ottocento. il padre che si crea un mondo, un personaggio, per sfuggire a cio' che la figlia ha dovuto affrontare per lui e la madre.
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.
Davvero un libro molto bello. All'inizio lo stile tipico della Lagerlof, cosí semplicistico e quasi da fiaba, anche se apprezzato mi dava comunque l'idea che mancasse qualcosa al libro (in genere preferisco uno stile quanto piu' realistico possibile) e i vari episodi molto slegati tra loro, anche se piacevoli in se', mi sembravano privi di una vera coesione interna, mi sentivo come se stessi leggendo una raccolta di storielle invece che un romanzo. Andando avanti, pero' mi ha conquistato, soprat ...more
Andreas Sander
5 stars for an astounding and succint use of words that bring to light a world of love, crazy, realism, and fairytale with spellbinding clarity. This book was a glass from which I happily drank.
Emil Söderman
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. Lagerlöf 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. Lagerlöf has a very particular style, somewhere betwe
Väldigt, väldigt fin berättelse om riktig fin familjekärlek. Älskar faktumet att narren är klarsyntast i byn och att kärlek alltid är kärlek, oavsett vad.
This was my first Lagerlöf and I'm not entirely sure how to describe my feelings for it (Much of that can also have Something to do with me writing this in a bunker bed at a hostel in Amsterdam on My cell phone... ) . Will Update this later...
Lengvai skaitoma knyga, tačiau galinti duoti be galo daug.
Sebastian Ek
The only book of its kind that I've read
Joseph Sverker
Jag tycker om boken, mycket för att jag tycker om Lagerlöf som författare, men samtidigt stör jag mig lite på just berättarstilen. Den är kortfattad och gestaltande, precis som jag brukar gilla, men jag känner inte att jag riktigt lär känna karaktärerna. Man vet inte riktigt när man får tolka utifrån Jans perspektiv eller från ett berättarperspektiv. Sedan har man kanske vant sig att läsa mer djuplodande psykologiska romanen. Men om man ska tolka det mer som sägen så är det en härlig bok, om än ...more
Johanna Haglund
En mysig och hjärtevärmande historia om en fars kärlek till sin dotter. Lagerlöf porträtterar också faderns psykiska ohälsa på ett fint och varsamt sätt.
Την καρδιά περιβόλι μας έκανε!
uno dei libri più tristi degli ultimi 150 anni
I liked this book better after I'd read it than I did while I was reading it. Still, it was a very gripping story of dear Jan and his love that got the best of him.
I reviewed this on my blog, also, see here if you want:
Bra men tragisk bok.
Klara Gulla
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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Beautiful and melancholic, sometimes difficlt in its sadness, sometimes wonderful in its descriptions of the characters and what goes on inside of them, as well as the environment surrounding them. And the theme is somehow how loving makes a person truly beautiful.
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Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf 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.

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