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Book Title: Alberta Alone|
The author of the book: Cora Sandel
Edition: Ohio University Press
Date of issue: February 1st 1984
ISBN 13: 9780821407615
Format files: PDF
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Following Alberta and Jacob and Alberta and Freedom, this final volume of the semi-autobiographical Alberta Trilogy finds Alberta, now with a young child, In Paris just after the First World War. While her husband Sivert pursues a liaison with a Swedish painter, she falls in love with a French writer, a war veteran sympathetic to her creative needs. After a period of conflict Alberta returns to her native Norway, and there her independence becomes complete. With subtlety and insight, Sandel depicts the corrosion of a relationship against the background of the aftermath of war. Sandel has been compared with the likes of Jean Rhys and Colette, and the Alberta books have been hailed as early feminist classics.
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Read information about the authorCora Sandel was the pen name of Sara Cecilia Görvell Fabricius, a Norwegian writer and painter who lived most of her life abroad. Her most famous works are the novels now known as the Alberta Trilogy.
Sara Cecilia Görvell Fabricius was born in Kristiania (now Oslo). Her parents were Jens Schow Fabricius (1839–1910) and Anna Margareta Greger (1858–1903). When she was 12 years old, financial difficulties forced her family to move to Tromsø where her father was appointed a naval commander. She started painting under the tutelage of Harriet Backer, and while still a teenager moved to Paris, where she married the Swedish sculptor Anders Jönsson (1883–1965). In 1921 they returned to Sweden, where she won custody of her son Erik after divorcing Jönsson.
In her youth she tried, without much success, to establish herself as a painter. And it wasn't until she was 46 years old that her debut novel, Alberte and Jakob was published, the first in what became the semi-autobiographical Alberta trilogy. Sandel used many elements from her own life and experiences in her stories, which often centre on the spiritual struggles of inarticulate and isolated women. The Alberta trilogy traced the emotional development of a lethargic and unhappy girl into a self-sufficient woman. These novels earned her an immediate place in the Scandinavian canon, but it was not until the 1960s that Sandel, now living as a recluse in Sweden, was discovered by the English-speaking world.
Despite her great literary success, she remained hidden behind her pseudonym and lived a rather secluded life. She was decorated with the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1957. Her home in Tromsø, built in 1838, now houses the Perspektivet Museum.
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