Dina's Book

Dina's Book

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An epic novel - grand, ambitious, romantic and tragic - set in Norway at the turn of the century. The novel centres around an extraordinary woman who bewitches everyone she meets. As a young child, she is indirectly responsible for the death of her mother when she inadvertently releases the lever of a vat containing boiling lye. Her guilt becomes her obsession. Betrayal demands punishment- forgiveness does not exist for Dina, and the dead are as present as the living. Her father remarries a woman Dina cannot abide and the girl becomes increasingly remote, even savage. At sixteen, she is married off to Jacob, a friend of her fathers, and when Jacob dies mysteriously Dina becomes mistress of the mansion, and soon takes control not only of Jacob's goods and possessions, but of its people. Beautiful, eccentric, unpredictable, flamboyant, she also reveals a generous, humane side. But she is always in control, until one day a mysterious stranger enters her life and changes it forever.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 30mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552996734
  • 9780552996730

About Herbjörg Wassmo

Herbj rg Wassmo was born and bred in northern Norway, and her writing is deeply rooted in the culture and nature of this northern coastline. She became a teacher but her first book, a collection of poetry, was published in 1976, and since then she has become one of the foremost Scandinavian writers. Her previous books include the Tora trilogy. She received the Literary Critics' Award in 1982, the Booksellers' Award in 1984 and the Nordic Council Literature Prize - equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize - in 1987. She has also written a collection of short stories entitled Journeys (1995), and her latest book is a long awaited contemporary novel, The Seventh Meeting. Herbj rg Wassmo's novels are translated into twenty lanuages. Dina's Book and Dina's Son are the first two titles in the Dina trilogy.show more

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