At the bottom of the dried out Svartsjö lake (Black Lake) lies the Lövdala Parsonage with its stables and outhouses. There resides the good-hearted, widowed Pastor Lyselius and his beautiful daughter. One day, his new wife arrives and she turns out to be a wicked stepmother. She torments her servants and especially the parson's daughter, Maia Lisa. We follow Maia Lisa through torments and sufferings where she gets ever new and harder burdens to carry on her weak shoulders. But by her side through it all is clear-eyed Little Maid, who is never afraid to say what she thinks. It is hard to see her stepmother take control Lövdala and to see her father's his nice personality vanish as he becomes a marionette in his new wife's hands.
"Liliecrona's Home" was first published in Sweden in 1911 and was translated to English by Anna Barwell in 1913.
Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940), prix Nobel de littérature en 1909, est sans conteste l’un des plus célèbres écrivains suédois. Son œuvre est nourrie des légendes et de l’histoire de la région de Värmland, merveilleusement transposées par son imagination lyrique hors du commun.