Kristin Lavransdatter, II: The Wife

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In Kristin Lavransdatter (1920-1922), Sigrid Undset 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 ...

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Overview

In Kristin Lavransdatter (1920-1922), Sigrid Undset 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 drive of masterful storytelling was particularly significant in her homeland. Granted independence in 1905 after five hundred years of foreign domination, Norway was eager to reclaim its national history and culture. Kristin Lavransdatter became a touchstone for Undset's contemporaries, and continues to be widely read by Norwegians today. In the more than 75 years since it was first published, it has also become a favorite throughout the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141181288
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Kristin Lavransdatter Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 183,891
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Suggestions for Further Reading xxiii
A Note on the Translation xxv
Map: Kristin's Norway xxvi
Map: The Medieval North xxvii
Kristin Lavransdatter II: The Wife
Part I The Fruit of Sin 1
Part II Husaby 117
Part III Erlend Nikulausson 277
Explanatory Notes 405
List of Holy Days 417
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    Posted October 31, 2007

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    I found a volume from the forties containing the trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter. I found it the most compelling book I have read in many years. Absolutely addictive. I am nearing the end of 'The Mistress of Husaby.' Truly her characters are as real as one's own inmost thoughts.

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