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A Reading Life

No longer lost in translation

By Katherine A. Powers
January 15, 2006

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A few years ago when I couldn't stop talking about Halldor Laxness's Icelandic masterpiece, ''Independent People" (Vintage, paperback, $15), a friend of mine recommended ''Kristin Lavransdatter," a trilogy by the Norwegian writer, Sigrid Undset. I got a translation from the 1920s out of the library -- though noting, with a professional reader's dismay, that the book was well over 1,000 ... (Full article: 1120 words)

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