Selma Lagerlöf

Swedish title: Jag vill sätta världen i rörelse

Category: Non Fiction / Biography & Memoirs

Pub date: 30-08-2019

Selma LagerlöfI Want To Set the World in Motion

Anna-Karin Palm

The evocative biography of the Nobel Prize winning author

Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940), revered by readers, lauded by critics and loved around the world. Behind the public image of the Nobel Prize winner we find a brave, unapologetic woman with audacious plans for her future and a staunch defender of women’s rights.

Anna-Karin Palm pens Lagerlöf’s life with the skill and appreciation of a literary author, viewing Selma’s own set of ideas and rich inner life as the keystone of her celebrated authorship. In this rich and lyrical book, Palm depicts Lagerlöf’s important female friendships, the struggle for women’s emancipation and the right to vote; the burning questions of the time. The struggles and doubts of any artist are present in the author’s life, but so too is the unwavering self-confidence and the strong dedication of a woman who forged her own path, both in life and in literature.

Selma Lagerlöf: I want to set the world in motion brings Lagerlöf vividly to life, and provides a fascinating insight into the life of an author who is still able to set the world in motion today, a hundred years later.