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Author photo. Sigrid Undset - photo: Eivind Enger, Kristiania, 1905

Sigrid Undset - photo: Eivind Enger, Kristiania, 1905

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Sigrid Undset was the daughter of archeologist Ingvald Undset. Cultural, autobiographical, and religious topics constitute a large and interesting portion of her fiction, which in Norway is categorized according to the time of action: medieval or modern. Jenny (1911), an idealistic and tragic love story, is one of the latter novels. Undset's comprehensive knowledge of medieval Scandinavian culture has its literary monuments in Kristin Lavransdatter (1920--22) and The Master of Hestviken (1925--27), historical novels that depict life in the Norwegian Middle Ages. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Norwegian criticism of Sigrid Undset's writing centers on her religiosity (she became a conservative, almost reactionary Catholic in Lutheran Norway in the 1920s; she possesses an intensity of belief that is rather naturally expressed in the medieval novels. Yet while she has written religious polemics, the medieval novels are not tendentious. In fact, the central motifs are eroticism, marriage, and family life, in short, the full life of a medieval woman who sees herself in the light of contemporary Christian beliefs. These novels are great, realistic delineations of medieval personalities. During World War II she escaped the German occupation of Norway and fled to America, where she wrote her autobiographical Happy Times in Norway (1942). (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from Kristin Lavransdatter
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(nor)Sigrid Undset's sitat: "Menneskenes hjerter forandres aldeles intet i alle dager. Det er bare de ytre forholdende, vanene og miljø som har forandret seg, ikke følelsene, kjærligheten, skylden og ansvaret".

Kristin Lavransdatter 2,698 copies, 70 reviews
Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath 1,544 copies, 35 reviews
Kristin Lavransdatter II: The Wife 962 copies, 20 reviews
Gunnar's Daughter 293 copies, 5 reviews
Jenny 272 copies, 7 reviews
Catherine of Siena 261 copies, 1 review
The Master of Hestviken 188 copies, 5 reviews
Ida Elisabeth 113 copies
Våren 78 copies, 1 review
The Wild Orchid 65 copies, 1 review
The Faithful Wife 63 copies, 3 reviews
Happy Times in Norway 59 copies, 1 review
Madame Dorthea 56 copies
Stages on the Road 51 copies, 1 review
Olav Audunssøn og hans barn 41 copies, 1 review
Four Stories 19 copies
Saga of Saints 13 copies
Tolv år 10 copies
Fru Hjelde 8 copies
Ungdom : dikt 6 copies
Kjære Dea 4 copies
Etapper 3 copies
Sigrid Undset 2 copies
Harriet Waage 2 copies
Småflickor 2 copies
Thjodolf 1 copy
Sitater 1 copy
Sunniva 1 copy
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Admittedly short biographical note: while in the midst of writing her two most famous works (the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy and the quatrology Master of Hestviken), for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928, she was raising five children, one of whom was severely mentally handicapped, as a single woman. Albeit with a live-in nanny, this is still an extraordinary achievement!
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