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Alberta and Jacob

 
 
Author
Cora Sandel. Elizabeth Rokkan, trans.
Publisher Peter Owen  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 4.95 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780720611847
Pages/Publication Date 240/2003
Daedalus Item Code 61162
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In the far north of Norway in the early 20th century, Alberta Selmer and her younger brother Jacob grow up in the shadow of their parents' stifled anger and silent resentments. Alberta, as emotionally frozen as the arctic landscape, is desperate to escape the provincial proprieties that choke her, while her mother makes no attempt to conceal her disappointment at her daughter's social failings. When Jacob escapes to a life at sea, Alberta's rebellion, though muted and ineffectual, begins to grow. Born Sara Fabricius in Oslo in 1880, Cora Sandel endured a difficult childhood in the northern Norwegian town of Tromsų, after which she wrote her semi-autobiographical Alberta trilogy (of which Alberta and Jacob is the first part). These novels earned her an immediate place in the Scandinavian canon, but it was not until the 1960s that Sandel, by then living as a recluse in Sweden, was discovered by the English-speaking world. Her books were acclaimed in the mainstream press, and feminist critics reinvented her as a champion of women s emancipation. She wrote many other novels and short stories and was awarded a State Pension for artists by Norway. Sandel died in 1974.
 
 
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