Considered one of Sweden's greatest 20th-century writers, Vilhelm Moberg created Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson to portray the joys and tragedies of daily life for early Swedish pioneers in America. His consistently faithful depiction of these humble people's lives is a major strength of the Emigrant Novels.
Moberg's extensive research in the papers of Swedish emigrants in archival collections, including the Minnesota Historical Society, enabled him to incorporate many details of pioneer life. First published between 1949 and 1959 in Swedish, these four books were considered a single work by Moberg, who intended that they be read as documentary novels. These editions contain introductions written by Roger McKnight, Gustavus Adolphus College, and restore Moberg's bibliography not included in earlier English editions.
Book 1 introduces Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson, their three young children, and eleven others who make up a resolute party of Swedes fleeing the poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression of Smaland in 1850.
"It's important to have Moberg's Emigrant Novels available for another generation of readers." Bruce Karstadt, American Swedish Institute"
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KING IN HIS STONE KINGDOM
THE FARMHAND WHO DROWNED
WHAT THE BEDBUGS IN A STABLE ROOM
KARL OSKAR AND KRISTINA
AKE RETURNS FROM THE INSANE ASYLUM
ABOUT A WHEAT FIELD AND A BOWL
WITH GODS HELP AND THROUGH
FORTY PACES LONG AND EIGHT PACES WIDE
A CARGO OF DREAMS
HAPPENINGS ON BOARD THE SHIP
THE SHIP WAS COVERED WITH WAVES
A BUSHEL OF EARTH FROM SWEDEN
AT HOME AND AWAY
STORIES ON THE AFTERDECK
IT WAS CALLED SHIPSICKNESS
THE AM ERICA CHEST
A PEASANT BOWS FOR THE LASTTIME
ONE EMIGRANT PAYS NO FARE
ALL GATES OPEN ON THE ROAD TO AMERICA
PART TWO Peasants at
THE CHARLOTTA OF KARLSHAMN
STORYTOLD ATTHE MAIN HATCH
PEASANTS AT SEA
A LONG NIGHT
ANOTHER THREE SHOVELFULS OF EARTH FROM SWEDEN
SAILING TOWARD MIDSUMMER
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