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Kristin Lavransdatter (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

ISBN-10: 0143039164
ISBN-13: 9780143039167
Edition: 2005 (Deluxe)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 9/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1184
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

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 Nunnallys 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 Nikulaussn, 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. With its captivating heroine and emotional potency, Kristin Lavransdatteris the masterwork of Norways most beloved authorone of the twentieth centurys most prodigious and engaged literary mindsand, in Nunnallys exquisite translation, a story that continues to enthrall.

Sigrid Undset is a major figure in early twentieth-century literature. A Norwegian born in Denmark in 1881, she worked with the Norwegian underground during the Second World War, fled to Sweden in 1940, and later came to the United States. She is the author of many works of fiction as well as several books for young readers and a number of nonfiction titles. Her novels encompass a variety of settings and time periods, ranging from medieval romances such as theKristin Lavransdattertrilogy—generally considered to be her masterwork—andThe Master of Hestvikentetralogy to modern novels such asThe Winding Road,Ida Elisabeth,andThe Faithful Wife. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1928. Sigrid Undset died in 1949.

Brad Leithauseris the author of five previous books of poetry, five novels, a book of essays, and a novel in verse. After many years of teaching at Mount Holyoke College, he is now a professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife, the poet Mary Jo Salter, divide their time between Amherst, Massachusetts, and Baltimore, Maryland.

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