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Kristin Lavransdatter

Author : Sigrid Undset

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Book Summary: 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.

Kristin Lavransdatter, I: The Wreath

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 1101127767

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 336

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 742

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Book Summary: “[Sigrid Undset] should be the next Elena Ferrante.” —Slate A Penguin Classic Kristin Lavransdatter 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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Kristin Lavransdatter - The Cross

Author : Sigrid Undset,Alrik Gustafrom

ISBN10 : 1447482204

Publisher : Read Books Ltd

Number of Pages : 360

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 475

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Book Summary: Sigrid Undset (1882–1949) was a Norwegian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Her most famous work is the trilogy “Kristin Lavransdatter” about life in Norway during the middle ages. First published in 1927, “The Cross” is the third in the trilogy and the final chapter in the story of strong-willed heroine Kristin and her attempt to rebuild her life in the wake of the Black Death. This fantastic novel is highly recommended for those with an interest in medieval Scandinavia and constitutes a must-read for fans of Undset’s wonderful work. Read & Co. Books is republishing this classic novel now complete with an excerpt from 'Six Scandinavian Novelists' by Alrik Gustafrom.

The Mistress of Husaby

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 0307807665

Publisher : Vintage

Number of Pages : 384

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin—beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate—stands with the world's great literary figures. Volume 11, The Mistress of Husaby, tells of Kristin's troubled and eventful married life on the great estate of Husaby, to which her husband has taken her.

The Cross

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 0307789705

Publisher : Vintage

Number of Pages : 416

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1837

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Book Summary: The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin—beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate—stands with the world's great literary figures.Volume 111, The Cross, shows Kristin still indomitable, reconstructing her world after the devastation of the Black Death and the loss of almost everything that she has loved.

Kristin Lavransdatter, III: The Cross

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 1101177284

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 464

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1575

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Book Summary: “[Sigrid Undset] should be the next Elena Ferrante.” —Slate A Penguin Classic Kristin Lavransdatter 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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Kristin Lavransdatter, II: The Wife

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 1101177276

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 448

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1797

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Book Summary: “[Sigrid Undset] should be the next Elena Ferrante.” —Slate A Penguin Classic Kristin Lavransdatter 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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Stages on the Road

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 0870612700

Publisher : Ave Maria Press

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Religion

Viewed : 334

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Book Summary: Sigrid Undset is among the great modern writers of the twentieth century and was an adult convert to Catholicism. This forgotten treasure from the Nobel Prize–winning author of Kristin Lavransdatter is a fascinating collection of saints’ lives, a prophetic critique of modernity, and a surprisingly contemporary take on being Catholic—in particular a Catholic woman—in a sometimes-hostile secular world. Stages on the Road is a series of essays about the relationship between the Church and the modern world. In the spirit of G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, Undset points to inconsistencies, hypocrisies, and blind spots of the modern secular mindset by introducing readers to the stories of somewhat-forgotten Catholic figures like St. Angela Merici and the English martyrs Margaret Clitherow and Robert Southwell—people who stood fast to their faith in the face of both intellectual and political hostility. Undset tackles such topics as religious freedom, Christian/Muslim relations, and the vocation of women.

Kristin Lavransdatter - Kransen

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 8711454792

Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof

Number of Pages : 227

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1563

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Book Summary: Kristin Lavransdatter er beretningen om den smukke Kristins liv fra fødsel til død i middelalderens Norge, et liv præget af stor kærlighed, fortvivlelse og dyb tro. Kristin er en stolt kvinde, født med et usædvanligt varmt, krævende og gavmildt sind. Kristin Lavransdatters forældre har bestemt, at hun skal gifte sig med Simon Andressøn, søn af en ridder og et godt parti tillige. Men inden giftemålet må Kristin på grund af sin unge alder tilbringe et år i kloster i Oslo. Her møder hun den smukke Erlend Nikulaussøn, ridder og af ædel byrd. De forelsker sig inderligt i hinanden, og Kristin ved, at det er Erland hun vil tilbringe sit liv med. Derfor er det med sorg i hjertet, at hun trodser sine forældre og bryder sit ægteskabsløfte til Simon. Kristin og Erland gifter sig og får sammen otte sønner. Men hele sit liv kæmper Kirstin med en stor skyldfølelse overfor både sine forældre og Gud. Fortællingen om Kristin Lavransdatter skildrer slægten op gennem generationer med Norges historie og natur omkring år 1300 som fængslende baggrund. KRANSEN er første bind i Sigrid Undsets trilogi om Kristin Lavransdatter, der yderligere består af romanerne Husfrue og Korset. Trilogien udkom i perioden 1920-22 og blev filmatiseret af Liv Ullman i 1996. Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) blev født i Kalundborg og opvoksede i Norge. Hun modtog nobelprisen i litteratur i 1928. Det skrev anmelderne om Kristin Lavrandsdatter: "De tre bind er på tilsammen næsten 1000 sider – men romanen taber ikke på noget tidspunkt højde. Handlingen er medrivende og dramatisk. Her er stor og vedvarende kærlighed – mellem kvinde og mand, mellem forældre og børn, mellem venner. Her er sorg, lidelse og død. Her er svigt og sammenhold. Personerne er sammensatte – de er overbevisende beskrevet som mennesker på godt og ondt." - Litteratursiden "Kristin Lavransdatter er en lyst for læseren, og den er en af de romaner, som man vender tilbage til mange gange i sit liv. Det skyldes nok, at romanen, selv om den er en historisk roman, i så høj grad også er styret af det moderne menneskes - især den moderne kvindes - længsler." - Forfatterweb "historien om Kristin Lavransdatter er et af de smukkeste kvindeportrætter i verdenslitteraturen." - Gitte Raaschou, bibliotekar

Kristin Lavransdatter - Husfrue

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 8711454806

Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof

Number of Pages : 325

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1023

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Book Summary: Kristin Lavransdatter er beretningen om den smukke Kristins liv fra fødsel til død i middelalderens Norge, et liv præget af stor kærlighed, fortvivlelse og dyb tro. Kristin er en stolt kvinde, født med et usædvanligt varmt, krævende og gavmildt sind. Kristin Lavransdatters forældre har bestemt, at hun skal gifte sig med Simon Andressøn, søn af en ridder og et godt parti tillige. Men inden giftemålet må Kristin på grund af sin unge alder tilbringe et år i kloster i Oslo. Her møder hun den smukke Erlend Nikulaussøn, ridder og af ædel byrd. De forelsker sig inderligt i hinanden, og Kristin ved, at det er Erland hun vil tilbringe sit liv med. Derfor er det med sorg i hjertet, at hun trodser sine forældre og bryder sit ægteskabsløfte til Simon. Kristin og Erland gifter sig og får sammen otte sønner. Men hele sit liv kæmper Kirstin med en stor skyldfølelse overfor både sine forældre og Gud. Fortællingen om Kristin Lavransdatter skildrer slægten op gennem generationer med Norges historie og natur omkring år 1300 som fængslende baggrund. HUSFRUE er andet bind i Sigrid Undsets trilogi om Kristin Lavransdatter, der yderligere består af romanerne Kransen og Korset. Trilogien udkom i perioden 1920-22 og blev filmatiseret af Liv Ullman i 1996. Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) blev født i Kalundborg og opvoksede i Norge. Hun modtog nobelprisen i litteratur i 1928. Det skrev anmelderne om Kristin Lavrandsdatter: "De tre bind er på tilsammen næsten 1000 sider – men romanen taber ikke på noget tidspunkt højde. Handlingen er medrivende og dramatisk. Her er stor og vedvarende kærlighed – mellem kvinde og mand, mellem forældre og børn, mellem venner. Her er sorg, lidelse og død. Her er svigt og sammenhold. Personerne er sammensatte – de er overbevisende beskrevet som mennesker på godt og ondt." - Litteratursiden "Kristin Lavransdatter er en lyst for læseren, og den er en af de romaner, som man vender tilbage til mange gange i sit liv. Det skyldes nok, at romanen, selv om den er en historisk roman, i så høj grad også er styret af det moderne menneskes - især den moderne kvindes - længsler." - Forfatterweb "historien om Kristin Lavransdatter er et af de smukkeste kvindeportrætter i verdenslitteraturen." - Gitte Raaschou, bibliotekar

Kristin Lavransdatter - Korset

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 8711454814

Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof

Number of Pages : 340

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 558

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Book Summary: Kristin Lavransdatter er beretningen om den smukke Kristins liv fra fødsel til død i middelalderens Norge, et liv præget af stor kærlighed, fortvivlelse og dyb tro. Kristin er en stolt kvinde, født med et usædvanligt varmt, krævende og gavmildt sind. Kristin Lavransdatters forældre har bestemt, at hun skal gifte sig med Simon Andressøn, søn af en ridder og et godt parti tillige. Men inden giftemålet må Kristin på grund af sin unge alder tilbringe et år i kloster i Oslo. Her møder hun den smukke Erlend Nikulaussøn, ridder og af ædel byrd. De forelsker sig inderligt i hinanden, og Kristin ved, at det er Erland hun vil tilbringe sit liv med. Derfor er det med sorg i hjertet, at hun trodser sine forældre og bryder sit ægteskabsløfte til Simon. Kristin og Erland gifter sig og får sammen otte sønner. Men hele sit liv kæmper Kirstin med en stor skyldfølelse overfor både sine forældre og Gud. Fortællingen om Kristin Lavransdatter skildrer slægten op gennem generationer med Norges historie og natur omkring år 1300 som fængslende baggrund. KORSET er tredje bind i Sigrid Undsets trilogi om Kristin Lavransdatter, der yderligere består af romanerne Kransen og Husfrue. Trilogien udkom i perioden 1920-22 og blev filmatiseret af Liv Ullman i 1996. Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) blev født i Kalundborg og opvoksede i Norge. Hun modtog nobelprisen i litteratur i 1928. Det skrev anmelderne om Kristin Lavrandsdatter: "De tre bind er på tilsammen næsten 1000 sider – men romanen taber ikke på noget tidspunkt højde. Handlingen er medrivende og dramatisk. Her er stor og vedvarende kærlighed – mellem kvinde og mand, mellem forældre og børn, mellem venner. Her er sorg, lidelse og død. Her er svigt og sammenhold. Personerne er sammensatte – de er overbevisende beskrevet som mennesker på godt og ondt." - Litteratursiden "Kristin Lavransdatter er en lyst for læseren, og den er en af de romaner, som man vender tilbage til mange gange i sit liv. Det skyldes nok, at romanen, selv om den er en historisk roman, i så høj grad også er styret af det moderne menneskes - især den moderne kvindes - længsler." - Forfatterweb "historien om Kristin Lavransdatter er et af de smukkeste kvindeportrætter i verdenslitteraturen." - Gitte Raaschou, bibliotekar

The Witch of Lime Street

Author : David Jaher

ISBN10 : 0307451089

Publisher : Crown

Number of Pages : 448

Category : History

Viewed : 1605

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Book Summary: History comes alive in this textured account of the rivalry between Harry Houdini and the so-called Witch of Lime Street, whose iconic lives intersected at a time when science was on the verge of embracing the paranormal. The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics—and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities. Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished Boston surgeon came to embody the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement devoted to communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. Her most vocal advocate was none other than Sherlock Holmes' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so thoroughly in Margery's powers that he urged her to enter a controversial contest, sponsored by Scientific American and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee. Admired for both her exceptional charm and her dazzling effects, Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified. Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince...the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini. David Jaher's extraordinary debut culminates in the showdown between Houdini, a relentless unmasker of charlatans, and Margery, the nation's most credible spirit medium. The Witch of Lime Street, the first book to capture their electric public rivalry and the competition that brought them into each other’s orbit, returns us to an oft-mythologized era to deepen our understanding of its history, all while igniting our imagination and engaging with the timeless question: Is there life after death?

Inside the Gate

Author : Nan Bentzen Skille

ISBN10 : 1452957207

Publisher : U of Minnesota Press

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Biography & Autobiography

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Book Summary: Nobel Prize winner Sigrid Undset’s life at Bjerkebæk, her retreat in Lillehammer, Norway Inside the Gate offers readers a rare glimpse into Sigrid Undset’s life at her home, Bjerkebæk, now a museum and national landmark in Lillehammer, Norway. Immensely protective of her privacy, Undset filled the timbered house with books and created a writing space where she authored many of her famous works, including Kristin Lavransdatter. There she also raised her three children, tended to her beloved garden, and welcomed close friends and family members during three decades of personal joys, sorrows, and hard work. Drawing on a wealth of historical documents, Nan Bentzen Skille’s lively narrative presents an intimate portrait of Sigrid Undset’s intense emotional life and creative endeavors, with Bjerkebæk at the center of it all. Many photographs vividly illustrate the text. For readers who have long admired Undset’s literature, Inside the Gate provides new insight into the life and work of the Nobel Prize winner.

Catherine of Siena

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 1681490692

Publisher : Ignatius Press

Number of Pages : 335

Category : Religion

Viewed : 868

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Book Summary: Sigrid Undset’s Catherine of Siena is critically acclaimed as one of the best biographies of this well known, and amazing fourteenth-century saint. Known for her historical fiction, which won her the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928, Undset based this factual work on primary sources, her own experiences living in Italy, and her profound understanding of the human heart. One of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, Undset was no stranger to hagiography. Her meticulous research of medieval times, which bore such fruit in her multi-volume masterpieces Kristin Lavransdatter and The Master of Hestviken, acquainted her with some of the holy men and women produced by the Age of Faith. Their exemplary lives left a deep impression upon the author, an impression Undset credited as one of her reasons for entering the Church in 1924. Catherine of Siena was a particular favorite of Undset, who also was a Third Order Dominican. An extraordinarily active, intelligent, and courageous woman, Catherine at an early age devoted herself to the love of God. The intensity of her prayer, sacrifice, and service to the poor won her a reputation for holiness and wisdom, and she was called upon to make peace between warring nobles. Believing that peace in Italy could be achieved only if the Pope, then living in France, returned to Rome, Catherine boldly traveled to Avignon to meet with Pope Gregory XI. With sensitivity to the zealous love of God and man that permeated the life of Saint Catherine, Undset presents a most moving and memorable portrait of one of the greatest women of all time.

Arriving at Amen

Author : Leah Libresco

ISBN10 : 1594715882

Publisher : Ave Maria Press

Number of Pages : 192

Category : Religion

Viewed : 1236

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Book Summary: In 2012, media outlets from CNN to EWTN announced that Leah Libresco, a gifted young intellectual, columnist, and prolific blogger on the Atheist channel on Patheos, was converting to Catholicism. In Arriving at Amen, Libresco uses the rigorous rationality that defined her Atheism to tell the story behind that very personal journey and to describe the seven forms of Catholic prayer that guided her to embrace a joyful life of faith. As a Yale graduate, Libresco launched her writing career by blogging about science, literature, mathematics, and morality from a distinctively secular perspective. Over time, encounters with friends and associates caused her to concede the reasonableness of belief in God in theory, though not yet in practice. In Arriving at Amen, Libresco uniquely describes the second part of her spiritual journey, in which she encountered God through seven classic Catholic forms of prayer—Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, examen, intercessory prayer, the Rosary, confession, and the Mass. Examining each practice through the intellectual lens of literature, math, and art, Libresco reveals unexpected glimpses of beauty and truth in the Catholic Church that will be appreciated by the curious and convinced alike.

The Night Portrait

Author : Laura Morelli

ISBN10 : 0062993585

Publisher : HarperCollins

Number of Pages : 496

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1600

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Book Summary: "This is a truly original novel that has earned its place among my favorite works of historical fiction."--Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of The Gown An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II. Milan, 1492: When a 16-year old beauty becomes the mistress of the Duke of Milan, she must fight for her place in the palace—and against those who want her out. Soon, she finds herself sitting before Leonardo da Vinci, who wants to ensure his own place in the ducal palace by painting his most ambitious portrait to date. Munich, World War II: After a modest conservator unwittingly places a priceless Italian Renaissance portrait into the hands of a high-ranking Nazi leader, she risks her life to recover it, working with an American soldier, part of the famed Monuments Men team, to get it back. Two women, separated by 500 years, are swept up in the tide of history as one painting stands at the center of their quests for their own destinies.

The Confessions of Young Nero

Author : Margaret George

ISBN10 : 0698184769

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 528

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1328

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Book Summary: The New York Times bestselling and legendary author of Helen of Troy and Elizabeth I now turns her gaze on Emperor Nero, one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in history. Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar’s imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman—or child. As a boy, Nero’s royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son’s inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead. While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina’s machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero’s determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become—an Emperor who became legendary. With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy’s ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival.

The Country of Ice Cream Star

Author : Sandra Newman

ISBN10 : 0345807456

Publisher : Knopf Canada

Number of Pages : 512

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1288

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Book Summary: A post-apocalyptic literary epic in the tradition of The Handmaid's Tale, Divergent and Cloud Atlas, and a breakout book in North America for a writer of rare and unconventional talent. From Guardian First Book Award finalist Sandra Newman comes an ambitious and extraordinary novel of a future in which bands of children and teens survive on the detritus--physical and cultural--of a collapsed America. When her brother is struck down by Posies--a contagion that has killed everyone by their late teens for generations--fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star pursues the rumour of a cure and sets out on a quest to save him, her tribe and what's left of their future. Along the way she faces broken hearts and family tragedy, mortal danger and all-out war--and much growing up for the girl who may have led herself and everyone she loves to their doom.

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Author : 시그리드 운세트 (Sigrid Undset)

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Publisher : pandora

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Literary Collections

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Book Summary: -누구에게나 권할 수 있는 재미와 깊이가 함께 있는 명작이요 걸작이다- <역자 서문> 크리스틴 라브란스다테르는 1928년 노벨 문학상을 수상한 시그리드 운세트의 14세기 노르웨이를 배경으로 한 3권으로 이루어진 뛰어난 문체의 대하 소설이다. 이 소설은 14세기 노르웨이를 배경으로 한 여인의 일생을 딸로서, 아내로서, 어머니로서, 기독교인으로서 그린 작품으로 단순한 역사소설이나 종교 소설의 범위를 훨씬 넘어 선다. 제 1 권 신부 화관 (1920년 발간) 제 2 권 후사비 (1921년 발간) 제 3 권 십자가 (1922년 발간) 노르웨이어로 쓰여진 원작은 두 개의 영어 번역판이 있다. 찰스 아처(Charles Archer)의 1929년 번역과 티나 누넬리(Tiina Nunnally)의 1997년 판이다. 아처(Archer)의 번역은 고색 창연하다는 비난을 받고, 10명이면 9명은 누넬리(Nunnally)의 번역이 읽기 쉽다는 칭찬을 받는다. 예를 들면: “네가 네 사랑을 다른 남자에게 주게 된 것으로 시몬은 생각하는 모양이다.” (찰스 아처의 번역) “네가 다른 남자를 대신 사랑하게 된 것으로 시몬은 생각하는 모양이다” (티나 누넬리의 번역) 누넬리의 소위 읽기 쉽다는 현대적 번역은 한마디로 너무 현대적이고 쉬운 것에 길이든 현대인들이 당연히 선호한다. 하지만 등장인물들이 모두 현대식으로 대화를 하고 있다는 느낌을 지울 수 없고 뭔가 빠진 듯하다. 그래도 누넬리는 이 작품으로 번역 문학상을 받았다. 역자의 견해로는 어차피 중세시대의 이야기를 100년 전에 쓴 것이라 당연히 고색창연한 색채가 없을 수 없다. 그러한 문장을 원래의 스타일을 피해가면서 단지 좀 더 현대 독자가 이해하기 쉽게만 번역한다면 현대 독자는 만족하겠지만 원문 텍스트에는 충실하기가 어렵다. 그 중간에서 균형을 잡는 것이야말로 정말 어려운 일이었다. 번역은 원작 이상이어서도, 이하여서도 안 된다는 대원칙이 있기 때문이다. 아무튼 역자는 아처의 1929년 판을 택했고, 덕분에 고생을 무척 했다. *** 기독교의 영향이 곳곳에 배어들어 대다수가 기독교인이 되었으나 여전히 이교도적 문화와 인간을 제물로 바치는 미신적 관행조차 남아 있던 14세기 노르웨이의 이야기다. 죄는 돈이나 땅으로 갚으면 면죄 받을 수 있고, 여인들은 혼자 돌아다니면 쉽게 겁탈을 당할 수 있고, 기독교가 뿌리내리고 있었으나 여전히 바이킹 시절에 대한 향수와 아직도 이교도적 관습과 신화적 믿음이 만만치 않았을 때였다. 이 이야기는 중세 시대 노르웨이를 살았던 한 여인의 일대기인데, 크리스틴 라브란스다테르가 7살 때부터 50세 때까지의 기록으로서, 인간들이 통상 갖는 어리석음으로 선택한 파란만장한 운명을 유순하게 당하고만 살 수는 없었던 한 여인의 정신적 방황과 함께 현실을 받아들이면서도 저항하는 이야기다. 작가 운세트가 갖고 있는 인간에 대한 깊은 이해와 인간의 연약함에 대한 깊은 연민과 통찰력의 산물인 이 작품은 ‘전쟁과 평화’, ‘일리어드’, ‘미들마치’, ‘레미제라블’ 등과 같은 고전의 반열에 이미 발간 초부터 들어가 있었으나 유감스럽게 한국 독자들에게는 생소한 작품이다. 읽다 보면 그 800년 전의 노르웨이가 그리 멀게 느껴지지 않게 되는데 이는 저자 운세트의 탁월한 솜씨에서 비롯되고, 이 작품이 왜 노벨 문학상을 수상하게 되었고 100년이 지난 오늘날에도 많은 사람들이 열광하는가를 알게 된다. 첫 도입부분은 약간 느리기는 하다. 독자들을 사로잡기 위해 처음부터 자극적으로 유인하는 현대 소설과는 사뭇 분위기가 다르기 때문이지만, 처음부터 뭔가 조금씩 조마조마하고, 어느 정도 읽어 내려가기 전에는 앞으로의 전개를 파악하기 힘든 작품이다. 중세 유럽은 대단히 종교적인, 종교가 지배하는 사회였고, 자연스럽게 이 소설 안에서도 곳곳에 종교적인 요소가 배어있기는 하지만 결코 설교하려 들지는 않는다. 또한 지금의 기준으로는 크리스틴이 아주 종교적으로 보이지만, 그 당시의 기준으로는 오히려 아주 세속적인 여자였다. 매일 매일을 보내는 현대의 인간의 모습은 14세기 노르웨이에 비하여 많이 달라졌겠지만 인간 존재에 대한 근본적인 문제들은 그때나 지금이나 마찬가지이어서 21세기의 인간도 이 이야기에 공감하게 된다. 그 옛날 14세기 멀리 노르웨이의 이야기지만 현재에도 생생히 적용되는 인간 본연의 문제들을 다루고 있기 때문이다. 작가는 그 당시 세계를 아주 현실감 있게 그려내어 독자들을 그 살아있는 이야기에 매우 가까이 느끼게 만들어 주며 독자들은 전혀 예상하지 못한 또 다른 세계에 빠져들게 한다. 탁월한 문체와 함께 생생하고 현실감이 있게 작품이 전개, 묘사, 진행되는데, 세계 각국의 독자들이 공통적으로 겪게 되는 것은 처음부터 등장하는 생소한 노르웨이 지명과 인명으로 몹시 혼란을 일으킨다. 그래서 역자는 책 서두에 간단히 지명과 인명에 대하여 나열하여 찾아 보기 쉽게 했다. 그 단계를 극복하여 끝까지 읽어 내려가게 되어야만 이 작품의 진정한 가치를 맛보게 될 것이다. *** 우리는 한때 많은 사람의 존경을 받고 거의 원로급 소설가로 존경을 받던 작가가 결국은 권력자 내지는 권력을 갖은 세력의 편에 서다가 독자들에게 외면당한 경우를 알고 있다. 이는 작가는 단순히 이야기꾼이 아닌 시대의 양심내지는 진실을 표현하기를 많은 독자들이 기대하기 때문이다. 작가 운세트는 결국 나치에 공개적으로 반대하여 영국을 거쳐 미국으로 망명하고 전쟁 후에나 고국에 돌아온다. 파시즘이 등장하고 모든 면에서 정치적인 것이 우선하는 그 당시 세계 정세에서 노벨상 수상 역시 말썽이 많았지만 크리스틴 라브란스다테르는 시그리드 운세트의 단연 대표작으로 끝까지 읽은 독자들은 이 작품이 노벨 문학상에 조금도 손색이 없다는 사실을 인식하게 된다. 1928년 노벨 문학상 선정에서 미국의 이디스 워튼(Edith Wharton)과 경합하지만 상은 운세트에게 돌아갔다. 워튼은 1927년, 1928년, 1929년 세 차례 노벨 문학상 후보에 올랐다. 워튼으로서는 매우 애석한 일이었으니 당시 경합 상대자들이 매우 비중 있고 뛰어난 작가들이어서 결국 워튼은 노벨상을 받지 못하고 만다. (1927년은 앙리 베르그송, 1928년은 시그리드 운세트, 1929년에는 토마스 만이 수상했다.) 과학적인 분석에 의하면 소설은 읽는 즐거움 뿐만 아니라 인간에 대한 이해의 폭을 넓혀 준다고 한다. 이 책은 인간에 대한 이해를 넓혀줄 뿐만 아니라 깊이를 더 하게 해 주는 소설이라고 볼 수 있다. 그리고 소설을 읽을 바에는 위대한 소설을 읽어야 한다.

The Axe

Author : Sigrid Undset

ISBN10 : 030777306X

Publisher : Vintage

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Set in 13th-century Norway, The Axe is the first volume in Undset's epic tetralogy, The Master of Hestviken. In it, we meet Olav Audunsson and Ingunn Steinfinnsdatter, who were betrothed as children and raised as brother and sister. In the heedlessness of youth, they become lovers, unaware that their ardor will forge the first link in a chain of murder, exile, and disgrace. Undset's novel is also a meticulous re-creation of a world split between pagan codes of retribution and the rigors of Christian piety--a world where law is a fragile new invention and manslaughter is so common that it's punishable by a fine."Undset reproduces medieval Norway in all the rich pageantry of color and form...she can transport us eight centuries and several thousand miles more effectively than most writers can take us into the house next door."--The Nation