Jenny by Sigrid Undset

After six months of hard work, Jenny is done!

The book was released in 1911, and was considered Undsets litterary breakthrough. It’s about a young Norwegian girl who lives in Rome, and tries to make it as a painter. She has a group of good friends, and she is with them when she meets the man who is going to change the path her life is on.

The book follows her through a few years, through affairs and child birth, through difficulties and tragedies.  Undset gives a gripping portrayal of a woman struggling towards fulfillment and independence, who at the same time wrestles with mental problems. It is written with unflinching honesty, which makes her story as compelling today as it was nearly a century ago. When Jenny was published, Undset found herself called immoral – “this is a side of the free, artistic life that the vast majority of citizens would rather not know.” Most famous for her later, historical fiction set in Catholic, medieval Scandinavia, Undset stands revealed with Jenny, her first major novel, as an unsparing, compassionate, magnificent realist, the creator of works that are at once thoroughly modern and of enduring interest.

So, enjoy almost 9 hours of one Norwegian litteratures most famous authors here:

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