The Cross

(Paperback - Apr 2000)
$14.08 - Online Price
$16.00 - Retail Price
You save: $1.92 (12 %)


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.


  • SKU: 9780141182353
  • SKU10: 0141182350
  • Title: The Cross
  • Series: Kristin Lavransdatter (Penguin)
  • Qty Remaining Online: 5
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Date Published: Apr 2000
  • Pages: 430
  • Age Range: 18 - UP
  • Grade Level: College Freshman thru Up
  • Weight lbs: 0.68
  • Dimensions: 7.76" L x 5.09" W x 0.83" H
  • Features: Table of Contents, Price on Product, Maps, Bibliography
  • Themes: Cultural Region | Scandinavian;
  • Awards: 2001 PEN Literary Award (Winner - Translation)
  • Subject: Classics


Also in "Kristin Lavransdatter (Penguin)" Series

Kristin Lavransdatter, II: The Wife [Paperback] (Nov 1999) $14.08
Kristin Lavransdatter, I: The Wreath [Paperback] (Dec 1997) $14.08

Look for similar products by Subject

>> Books >> Fiction >> Classics
>> Books >> Fiction >> General