Kristin Lavransdatter

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Sigrid Undset - Author

Tiina Nunnally - Translator

Tiina Nunnally - Notes by

Brad Leithauser - Introduction by

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ISBN 9781101098455 | 116 pages | 27 Sep 2005 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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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 Nikulaussøn, 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.

Tiina Nunnally has returned a masterpiece of Scandinavian literature to the English bookshelf (PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize citation)