Her marriage already failing, Alberta is seduced by a French writer and First World War veteran, sympathetic to her creative needs. Still she finds her life unfulfilling and soon returns to Norway where she hopes to become fully independent. With subtlety and insight, Sandel depicts the corrosion of a relationship against the background of tumultuous events. Sandel has been compared with the likes of Charlotte Brontë, Jean Rhys and Virginia Woolf, and the Alberta novels have been hailed as classics of bildungsroman and feminist literature.
Translated from the Norwegian by Elizabeth Rokkan (The Ice Palace)