A masterpiece of historical fiction By the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist. Set in fourteenth-century Norway, the story traces the life of the daughter of a good-hearted landowner and farmer, centering on her love for and marriage to a well-born but disgraced nobleman. The wealth of historical detail is seductive in its authenticity, the whole atmosphere of medieval Catholic piety, with its deeply sacramental experience of nature, time, and culture and lingering overtones of pagan folk wisdom and superstition is vividly pervasive, creating a rich, multilayered universe with some of the most unforgettable and full-blooded characters in literature. Much is here that is incommunicable in poignance and beauty, creating a reading experience of rare transcendence. We daresay that any who allow themselves to be drawn into it will never be the same again.
An Eighth Day View:
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 Nikulausson, 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 Lavransdatter is the masterwork of Norway's most beloved author--one of the twentieth century's most prodigious and engaged literary minds--and, in Nunnally's exquisite translation, a story that continues to enthrall.A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps and rough frontIncludes a new introduction by Scandinavian literature expert Brad Leithauser especially commissioned for this edition