Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal (Paperback)
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Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 15/03/2014
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\u201cI have been unfaithful to my husband.\u201d Marta Oulie\u2019s opening line scandalized Norwegian readers in 1907. And yet, Sigrid Undset had a gift for depicting modern women \u201csympathetically but with merciless truthfulness,\u201d as the Swedish Academy noted in awarding her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. At the time she was one of the youngest recipients and only the third woman so honored. It was Undset\u2019s honest story of a young woman\u2019s love life-\u201cthe immoral kind,\u201d as she herself bluntly put it-that made her first novel an instant sensation in Norway.Marta Oulie, written in the form of a diary, intimately documents the inner life of a young woman disappointed and constrained by the conventions of marriage as she longs for an all-consuming passion. Set in Kristiania (now Oslo) at the beginning of the twentieth century, Undset\u2019s book is an incomparable psychological portrait of a woman whose destiny is defined by the changing mores of her day-as she descends, inevitably, into an ever-darker reckoning. Remarkably, though Undset\u2019s other works have attracted generations of readers, Marta Oulie has never before appeared in English translation. Tiina Nunnally, whose award-winning translation of Undset\u2019s Kristin Lavransdatter captured the author\u2019s beautifully clear style, conveys the voice of Marta Oulie with all the stark poignancy of the original Norwegian.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816692521
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 203 x 137 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Like those two other great European novels of adultery, Lady Chatterley's Lover and Anna Karenina, Marta Oulie traces the interior life of a woman from the beautiful and expansive rush of her first love, to her swelling dissatisfaction with her `doll's house' existence constrained by turn-of-the-nineteenth-century values, her growing distance from her adoring husband, her unconsidered entry into an affair, and finally to her ultimate disillusion, self-recrimination, and despair. Thanks to Tiina Nunnally's nuanced translation, we can experience this strangely compelling novel in all the precise observations of Undset's original Norwegian text."

-Susan Vreeland, author of Clara and Mr. Tiffanyand Luncheon of the Boating Party
"A vote of gratitude is due to the University of Minnesota Press for bringing us, for the first time in English, this impeccably translated edition of Undset's early and remarkable novella." -John Banville

"Most of Undset's later novels-including the medieval epic "Kristin Lavransdatter," which earned her the Nobel Prize-took their cue from this blunt debut, dealing in various ways with the social and familial constraints of women." -The New Yorker

"It's unsurprising that Undset won a Nobel Prize for Literature, and I'm shocked that it took this long to become more widely known in the United States. I'd compare it to Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, or even The Scarlet Letter in its intensity." -Off the Book

"Undset's writing is vivid, engaging, and fast moving. Never before published in English, this translation by Tiina Nunnally is clear, stark and gripping." -The Chronicle-Journal

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