The Emigrants

The Emigrants

Book - 1995
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Considered one of Sweden's greatest 20th-century writers, Vilhelm Moberg created Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson to portray the joys and tragedies of daily life for early Swedish pioneers in America. His consistently faithful depiction of these humble people's lives is a major strength of the Emigrant Novels.

Moberg's extensive research in the papers of Swedish emigrants in archival collections, including the Minnesota Historical Society, enabled him to incorporate many details of pioneer life. First published between 1949 and 1959 in Swedish, these four books were considered a single work by Moberg, who intended that they be read as documentary novels. These editions contain introductions written by Roger McKnight, Gustavus Adolphus College, and restore Moberg's bibliography not included in earlier English editions.

Book 1 introduces Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson, their three young children, and eleven others who make up a resolute party of Swedes fleeing the poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression of Sm#65533;land in 1850.

"It's important to have Moberg's Emigrant Novels available for another generation of readers." --Bruce Karstadt, American Swedish Institute
Publisher: St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society Press, c1995.
ISBN: 9780873513197
Branch Call Number: MOBERG V
Characteristics: xxxiii, 366 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lannestock, Gustaf


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Jun 28, 2016

Learned a lot about the situations under which people chose to leave their home for the United States. Slow moving book.

Apr 11, 2009

Fascinating read about what emigrants went through.


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