Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
1969 edition of Selma Lagerlöf's The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. Photo montage by Hans Malmberg. This is a traditional Swedish children's story about a boy who in his mischief is shrunken to the size of an elf, and how he befriends a tame goose who wants to be a wild goose. They fly all over Sweden, conveniently passing through every province, so that the story doubles as a kind of tourist brochure. "Oh look, we are flying over Skåne, which boasts many amazing vistas as well as a thriving economy and many amenities for people who live there..."