Dina's Book by Herbjørg Wassmo

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Set in Norway in the mid-nineteenth century, Dina’s Book presents a beautiful, eccentric, and tempestuous heroine who carries a terrible burden: at the age of five she accidentally caused her mother’s death. Blamed by her father and banished to a farm, she grows up untamed and untaught. No one leads the child through her grief, and the accident remains a gruesome riddle of death, with Dina left haunted by the vindictive spirit of her mother. When her father agrees to take her back after several years, his efforts to cultivate her have little lasting effect.

Tamed only by her tutor, who is able to reach her through music and draw out her gift for mathematics, Dina remains private and closely guarded, while her unconventional behavior and erotic power enchant and ensnare those around her. At age sixteen, she is married off  to Jacob, a wealthy fifty-year-old landowner, who later dies under odd circumstances. Wrestling with her two unappeased ghosts, Dina becomes mute and then emerges from her shock to run Jacob’s estate with an iron hand . . . until one day a mysterious stranger, the Russian wanderer Leo, enters her life and changes it forever.

About Herbjørg Wassmo

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Herbjørg Wassmo, winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize, is one of Scandinavia’s leading novelists and poets. Her works have been published in twenty-six languages. In 2002, the movie based on Dina’s Book, I Am Dina, was released and won numerous awards.
Published July 1, 2013 by Arcade Publishing. 476 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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When Dina's father weds a woman whom his daughter dislikes, he marries Dina off to a middle-aged, comfortable landowner who is entranced by her untamed, ``heavy sensuality.'' After the landowner dies in a suspicious sleigh accident while Dina is taking him to the doctor, Dina takes over the house...

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