Kristin Lavransdatter Vol. 3: The Cross   -     By: Sigrid Undset
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Kristin Lavransdatter Vol. 3: The Cross

Penguin Classics / 2000 / Paperback

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The final installment of Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, Kristin, Erlend, and their sons return to her childhood home, Jorundgaard. Increasingly concerned about her sons' prospects as they grow older, she and Erlend begin to quarrel more, eventually leading to Erlend moving out of the house. Following her life as her sons grow up, move on, and marry, she eventually hands over the keys to her house to her daughter-in-law, and after Erlend's death, moves to a convent. 424 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.12 X 5.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0141182350
ISBN-13: 9780141182353
UPC: 051488014003
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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 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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