Alberta and Freedom

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Ohio University Press, 1980 - Fiction - 254 pages
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"Alberta and Freedom is the second novel in Cora Sandel's acclaimed semi-autobiographical Alberta trilogy. In it the young Alberta Selmer escapes from her family and the suffocating provinciality of her small, cold town in Norway and arrives in bohemian, artistic Paris to launch her literary career. But the city is not all that the sensitive young woman has imagined. Although she begins to get some of her writing published in journals, her self-esteem is low and her lack of worldly experience makes her prey to the casual approaches of predatory men. With her new-found freedom comes a struggle to survive and to realize her artistic talent." "Cora Sandel is considered one of the foremost Scandinavian writers of the twentieth century, and the Alberta trilogy is her masterpiece."--BOOK JACKET.

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Sandel's best-known work is an autobiographical trilogy---Alberta and Jacob (1926), Alberta and Freedom (1931), and Alberta Alone (1939), which describes with insight and honesty the coming to maturity of a small-town Norwegian girl. Trained as a painter, Sandel has an eye for telling detail. She is also an attentive student of human nature. Sandel's short stories often explore with great sympathy the lives of society's outcasts and underdogs. She is a masterful prose stylist of marvelous delicacy whose work rarely fails to move. Her insight into the psyches of women and artists is especially acute and justly praised.

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