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Sigrid Undset's Home Bjerkebaek

Lillehammer, Norway
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Owner description: The home of the Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. Sigrid Undset lived at Bjerkebaek, Lillehammer, from 1919 until she died in... more » Owner description: The home of the Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. Sigrid Undset lived at Bjerkebaek, Lillehammer, from 1919 until she died in 1949. The new house has become so beautiful you have to see it to believe it. (...) I couldn't possibly get it any closer to my taste. Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) moved to Lillehammer in 1919, and this was where she lived together with her three children. She created a very special home in two old wooden buildings which had once belonged to farms in the Gudbrandsdalen valley. Around the buildings she planted a stunning... Read More
Owner description: The home of the Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. Sigrid Undset lived at Bjerkebaek, Lillehammer, from 1919 until she died in... more » Owner description: The home of the Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. Sigrid Undset lived at Bjerkebaek, Lillehammer, from 1919 until she died in 1949. The new house has become so beautiful you have to see it to believe it. (...) I couldn't possibly get it any closer to my taste. Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) moved to Lillehammer in 1919, and this was where she lived together with her three children. She created a very special home in two old wooden buildings which had once belonged to farms in the Gudbrandsdalen valley. Around the buildings she planted a stunning garden which was both useful and beautiful. She called her home Bjerkebaek. This was where she wrote her novels about the medieval characters Kristin Lavransdatter (1920-1922) and Olav Audunsson (1925-1927). In 1928, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for her “powerful description of Nordic life in the middle ages. Her work ranges from contemporary and historical novels to short stories and articles. She made her literary debut in 1907 with the novel “Fru Marta Oulie”. Sigrid Undset converted to Catholicism in 1924. This is reflected in a number of the essays and contemporary novels she wrote in the 1930s and 40s. In 1940, Sigrid Undset had to leave Norway due to her stand against the Nazis. She lived in the USA during the war, where campaigned tirelessly for the liberation of Norway and its allies through her articles and lectures. After the war she made her way back to Bjerkebaek, which had been vandalised by the Germans. Sigrid Undset died in 1949. « less
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