Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter

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In her great historical epic Kristin Lavransdatter, set in fourteenth-century Norway, Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset tells the life story of one passionate and headstrong woman. Painting a richly detailed backdrop, Undset immerses readers in the day-to-day life, social conventions, and political and religious undercurrents of the period. Now in one volume, Tiina Nunnally's award-winning definitive translation brings this remarkable work to life with clarity and lyrical beauty.As a young girl, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussxn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780143039167
Branch Call Number: FIC Undse
Characteristics: 1,144 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 17, 2015

One of my favorite books of all time, an engrossing character-driven story about life in Medieval Norway containing passion, politics, and plague. The expert translation in plain, modern language by Nunnally makes this edition easy to read.

Oct 18, 2015

Excellent books! An overview of medieval Norway through the life of one woman. Good storytelling, compelling personalities, stunning images and details of a faraway time and place. I found this series after I had read Jane Smiley's "The Greenlanders".

Apr 02, 2013

Good for Burnaby Public Library for acquiring this sparkling new English translation of the Scandinavian classic! Set in medieval Norway in the fourteenth century, this is one of the finest historical novels I’ve ever read. The rich, multi-layered historical detail is reflected on every page. Most historical fiction uses the past merely as a background to provide local colour for characters whose dialogue, actions, and thoughts are a projection of modern values and preoccupations. Not so, this book. Reading it you shake off the dust of the present and visit a fascinating past world which is both familiar and alien. The familiar part includes universal themes of love and human tragedy. One of Undset’s greatest strengths was her ability to unfold the motives and emotions of her characters in the most convincing psychological detail. The part that is strange (to a post-modern reader) includes the uneasy syncretism of the older heathen and Christian beliefs that then existed in Norway. You can enjoy this novel as a deeply moving tragedy with sophisticated and complex characters and also as a brilliant work of social, religious, and political history.

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