The Emigrants

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Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995 - Fiction - 366 pages
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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 Sm land 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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This is the first volume of Moberg's four volume epic work of fiction about Swedish emigration to America. This book centers around Karl Oscar and Christina, a young farmer and his wife who despite ... Read full review

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Contents

KING IN HIS STONE KINGDOM
3
THE FARMHAND WHO DROWNED
20
WHAT THE BEDBUGS IN A STABLE ROOM
35
KARL OSKAR AND KRISTINA
55
AKE RETURNS FROM THE INSANE ASYLUM
66
SUITABLE CHASTISEMENT
77
ABOUT A WHEAT FIELD AND A BOWL
91
WITH GODS HELP AND THROUGH
109
FORTY PACES LONG AND EIGHT PACES WIDE
208
A CARGO OF DREAMS
226
HAPPENINGS ON BOARD THE SHIP
250
THE SHIP WAS COVERED WITH WAVES
266
A BUSHEL OF EARTH FROM SWEDEN
285
AT HOME AND AWAY
293
STORIES ON THE AFTERDECK
298
IT WAS CALLED SHIPSICKNESS
307

THE AM ERICA CHEST
127
A PEASANT BOWS FOR THE LASTTIME
153
ONE EMIGRANT PAYS NO FARE
164
ALL GATES OPEN ON THE ROAD TO AMERICA
174
PART TWO Peasants at
195
THE CHARLOTTA OF KARLSHAMN
197
STORYTOLD ATTHE MAIN HATCH
316
PEASANTS AT SEA
324
A LONG NIGHT
335
ANOTHER THREE SHOVELFULS OF EARTH FROM SWEDEN
348
SAILING TOWARD MIDSUMMER
355
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The Emigrants (1949) is the first volume of Moberg's internationally famous tetralogy describing the lives of Swedish emigrants in the nineteenth century. The Last Letter Home (1959) completes this psychologically penetrating and historically accurate treatment of Swedish settlement in Chisago County, Minnesota. Moberg's strident individualism and enduring empathy with the common people are also seen in A Time on Earth (1962), in which the old Swedish-American Albert Carlson assesses his life as death approaches. In Scandinavia, Moberg is famous as a historian and dramatist as well as a novelist. His History of the Swedish People (1970--71), of which two volumes were completed when he died in 1973, depicts in characteristically vivid language the life of the common folk---in sharp contrast to that of kings and nobility---throughout Sweden's history.

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