Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Introduction by:
Translator: Tiina Nunnally
Noted by: Tiina Nunnally

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143039167
  • 1168 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up


The turbulent historical masterpiece of Norway’s literary master

In her great historical epic Kristin Lavransdatter, set in fourteenth-century Norway, Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset tells the life story of one passionate and headstrong woman. Painting a richly detailed backdrop, Undset immerses readers in the day-to-day life, social conventions, and political and religious undercurrents of the period. Now in one volume, Tiina Nunnally’s award-winning definitive translation brings this remarkable work to life with clarity and lyrical beauty.

As a young girl, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

With its captivating heroine and emotional potency, Kristin Lavransdatter is the masterwork of Norway’s most beloved author—one of the twentieth century’s most prodigious and engaged literary minds—and, in Nunnally’s exquisite translation, a story that continues to enthrall.

 This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition includes an introduction by Brad Leithauser.  The deluxe edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter

Sigrid Undset, Introduction by: Brad Leithauser, Translator: Tiina Nunnally, Noted by: Tiina Nunnally


Nobel Prize in Literature – winner


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