Excerpt from The Miracles of Antichrist: A Novel, Translated From the Swedish of Selam Lagerlof, Author of the Story of Gosta Berling It was at the time when Augustus was emperor in Rome and Herod was king in Jerusalem. It happened once upon a time that a very great and holy night sank down over the earth. It was the darkest night ever seen by man; it seemed as if the whole earth had passed under a vault. It was impossible to distinguish water from land, or to find the way on the most familiar paths. And it could t be otherwise, for t a ray of light came from the sky. All the stars stayed in their houses, and the fair moon kept her face turned away. And just as intense as the darkness was the silence and the calm. The rivers stood still in their course; the wind did t stir, and even the leaves of the aspen ceased to tremble. Any one walking by the sea would have found that the waves longer broke on the shore, and the sand of the desert did t crunch under the wanderers foot. Everything was as if turned to stone and without motion, in order t to disturb the holy night. The grass did t dare to grow, the dew could t fall, and the flowers feared to exhale their perfume. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.