Kristin Lavransdatter, II: The Wife
  • Kristin Lavransdatter, II: The Wife
  • Kristin Lavransdatter, II: The Wife
ISBN: 0141181281
EAN13: 9780141181288
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 1, 1999
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 7.72" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Sigrid Undset] should be the next Elena Ferrante. --Slate

A Penguin Classic

Kristin Lavransdatter interweaves political, social, and religious history with the daily aspects of family life to create a colorful, richly detailed tapestry of Norway during the fourteenth-century. The trilogy, however, is more than a journey into the past. Undset's own life--her familiarity with Norse sagas and folklore and with a wide range of medieval literature, her experiences as a daughter, wife, and mother, and her deep religious faith--profoundly influenced her writing. Her grasp of the connections between past and present and of human nature itself, combined with the extraordinary quality of her writing, sets her works far above the genre of historical novels. This new translation by Tina Nunnally--the first English version since Charles Archer's translation in the 1920s--captures Undset's strengths as a stylist. Nunnally, an award-winning translator, retains the natural dialog and lyrical flow of the original Norwegian, with its echoes of Old Norse legends, while deftly avoiding the stilted language and false archaisms of Archer's translation. In addition, she restores key passages left out of that edition.

Undset's ability to present a meticulously accurate historical portrait without sacrificing the poetry and narrative Read More chevron_right

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