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Cora Sandel: Alberta Alone

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New Edition:

Alberta Alone
Cora Sandel
Peter Owen
ISBN 978-0-7206-1314-8
June 2009
£9.99 RRP*

* Canadian retail price via Scholarly Book Services unavailable at this time.

The work of one of Norway’s most distinguished twentieth-century novelists, Alberta Alone forms the last part of the Alberta trilogy, which traces the emotional development of a lethargic and unhappy girl into a self-sufficient woman. The previous volumes of this trilogy have been widely acclaimed as being among the masterpieces of contemporary literature.

In this third part, which stands as a novel on its own, Alberta, now mistress to Sivert, a Norwegian artist, is living in Paris with their small son. While Sivert is involved in a liaison with a Swedish painter, Alberta falls in love with Pierre, a writer who has just returned from the First World War. After a period of conflict Sivert and Alberta return to Norway, and there Alberta’s self-realisation becomes complete. With subtlety and insight, Cora Sandel depicts the gradual corrosion of a relationship, against the background of the aftermath of the Great War.

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Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:02

Tarjei Vesaas: The Ice Palace

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New Edition:

The Ice Palace
Tarjei Vesaas
Peter Owen
ISBN 978-0-7206-1329-2
May 2009
£9.99 RRP*

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A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer’s masterpiece. Siss and Unn are new friends – so new that they have spent only one whole evening in each other’s company. But so profound is that evening that when Unn inexplicably disappears Siss’s world is shattered. Siss’s struggle with her fidelity to the memory of her friend and Unn’s fatal exploration of the strange, terrifyingly beautiful frozen waterfall that is the Ice Palace are described in prose of a lyrical economy that ranks among the most memorable achievements of modern literature.

Tarjei Vesaas is regarded as one of the finest writers ever to have come out of Scandinavia – he is notable for having been nominated for the Nobel Prize three times and has been considered one of the greatest prose stylists never to have won. Nevertheless, his reputation is secure and growing all the time. Peter Owen has long considered The Ice Palace to be the greatest work ever to have come from his publishing house, which boasts seven Nobel Prize winners on its list.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-17 at 23:36