This summer, join Clark staff and other book lovers for lively discussions of three novels by Norwegian authors. In small groups, we will discuss how these authors’ treatment of identity and sense of place resonate with the life and work of Nikolai Astrup, whose paintings and prints are presented in Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway. All novels are available in English translations, and copies will be available for purchase in the Clark gift shop.
July’s selection is the first novel from Sigrid Undset’s trilogy, Kristin Lavransdatter. The Wreath begins the saga of a strong fourteenth-century woman. Undset carefully reconstructed medieval Norway, enriching her text with descriptions of cultural traditions and folklore, setting Kristin’s adventures against Norway’s dramatic mountains and stunning fjords. Undset won the Nobel Prize for Literature for these volumes in 1928.
Other book club meetings take place on June 30 and August 25. This event is free, but space is limited to 30 attendees. Registration for this event begins on June 28. Please notify us if you change your plans after registering so that others may join the event.
Image: Nikolai Astrup, Midsummer Eve Bonfire (detail), before 1916. Oil on canvas. The Savings Bank Foundation DNB / The Astrup Collection/ KODE Art Museums of Bergen