Gunnars Daughter Sigrid Undset

ISBN: 9780141180205

Published: April 1st 1998

Paperback

161 pages


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Gunnars Daughter  by  Sigrid Undset

Gunnars Daughter by Sigrid Undset
April 1st 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 161 pages | ISBN: 9780141180205 | 3.31 Mb

More than a decade before writing Kristin Lavransdatter, the trilogy about fourteenth-century Norway that won her the Nobel Prize, Sigrid Undset published Gunnars Daughter, a brief, swiftly moving tale about a more violent period of her countrysMoreMore than a decade before writing Kristin Lavransdatter, the trilogy about fourteenth-century Norway that won her the Nobel Prize, Sigrid Undset published Gunnars Daughter, a brief, swiftly moving tale about a more violent period of her countrys history, the Saga Age.

Set in Norway and Iceland at the beginning of the eleventh century, Gunnars Daughter is the story of the beautiful, spoiled Vigdis Gunnarsdatter, who is casually raped by the man she had wanted to love. A woman of courage and intelligence, Vigdis is toughened by adversity.

Alone she raises the child conceived in violence, repeatedly defending her autonomy in a world governed by men. Alone she rebuilds her life and restores her familys honor -- until an unremitting social code propels her to take the action that again destroys her happiness.First published in 1909, Gunnars Daughter was in part a response to the rise of nationalism and Norways search for a national identity in its Viking past.

But unlike most of the Viking-inspired art of its period, Gunnars Daughter is not a historical romance. It is a skillful conversation between two historical moments about questions as troublesome in Undsets own time -- and in ours -- as they were in the Saga Age: rape and revenge, civil and domestic violence, a troubled marriages, and children made victims of their parents problems.



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