Selma Lagerlöf. Polvere d’oro: visibili invisibilità

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Selma Lagerlöf. Gold dust: visible invisibility

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Like the knights of his fairy tales, Selma Lagerlöf "sprinkles the gray uniformity of life with gold dust" to make us see with other eyes, pushing us to understand that we can really not only be "dry parchments, well-knotted bags of money", "Butterflies of transient life, fashionable heroes", but rather "brave, strong men", "vagabond men" who would never exchange the golden weapons of inner wealth with the bronze weapons of the world, as old Socrates would have admonished the ambitious Alcibiades. And then the "golden dust" the Lagerlöf, now in her eighties - the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909 - in her philanthropic idealism, she really spread it when at the beginning of the Winter War she gave her medal of gold to the Finnish government to support the country invaded by Russia. Because this was the life and work of the Swedish writer: a dreamy look at a reality and a nature imbued with magic and popular legends that never stopped her from seeing things with clarity and pragmatism. The fantastic that cloaks and embellishes the stories of Lagerlöf is in fact not so much an escape from reality, as a different gaze aimed at a reality that is always the same, yet changes precisely because the eye of the beholder is richer and knows that much of what the world judges as "non-existent" is such only because it lacks an exchange value, like everything whose value is invaluable.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Selma Lagerlöf. Gold dust: visible invisibility
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)2-2
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • fantastico
  • leggenda
  • mito
  • realismo


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