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Alberta and Jacobby Cora Sandel
Synopses & Reviews
This book, the first of a trilogy of adventures, was published in 1962 and is a partly autobiographical depiction of a young woman's rebellion against the narrow values and repressed barbarity of a struggling Protestant bourgeoisie at the turn of the nineteenth century. Alberta lives with her parents in a small, snowbound provincial town in northern Norway, above Arctic circle. She is imaginative and intelligent but feels blocked by a crippling sense of her own inadequacy, insignificance, and guilt. The departure of her adored brother introduces a new urgency to her painful, almost abnormal sensitivities. Brilliantly recreating the physical immediacy of a remote place and the social reality of a rigidly confined society, this delicate sketch of adolescence subtly describes the effects of climate on the human heart.
Hailed as a masterpiece on its British publication in 1962, this Modern Classic reissue should bring this magnificent novel to a new generation. Imaginative and intelligent, Alberta is a misfit trapped in a stiflingly provincial town in the far north of Norway whose only affinity is for her extrovert brother Jacob. Combining mastery of style and characterization with brilliant descriptive writing, this powerful story of a young woman's rebellion is universally regarded as one of the greatest novels to come from Scandinavia.
The first novel in an acclaimed trilogy, this remains one of the most outstanding examples of Norwegian fiction.
About the Author
Cora Sandel was the author of the semi-autobiographical Alberta trilogy. She was awarded a State Pension for artists by Norway.
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