Paperback Gunnar's Daughter / Sigrid Undset ; edited by Sherrill Harbison ; translated by Arthur G. Chater.
Publication year: 1998
Publisher: New York : Penguin Classics,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780141180205 :
The first historical novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Kristin LavransdatterA Penguin ClassicMore than a decade before writingKristin Lavransdatter, the trilogy about fourteenth-century Norway that won her the Nobel Prize, Sigrid Undset publishedGunnar's Daughter, a brief, swiftly moving tale about a more violent period of her country's history, the Saga Age. Set in Norway and Iceland at the beginning of the eleventh century, Gunnar's Daughter is the story of the beautiful, spoiled Vigdis Gunnarsdatter, who is 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 family's honor-until an unremitting social code propels her to take the action that again destroys her happiness. First published in 1909, Gunnar's Daughter was in part a response to the rise of national
208 pages ; 20 cm