Richard and I, co-participants in Claire and Steph's Bolaño readalong, realized a week ago that we were going to be totally beside ourselves once it finishes at the end of this month. It's been completely amazing to read this novel with so many other fantastic bloggers, and we don't want it to end. Our solution? Continue right on reading together, this time with a different book!
So, here's the scoop. Starting in October and continuing through December, we'll be tackling the three volumes of Sigrid Undset's classic Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, one volume per month. Aside from its similar bulk, Kristin is going to be a very different ride from 2666: set in medieval Norway, its three volumes track young Kristin from early childhood through marriage and into old age. In the process, Undset portrays a Scandinavia in the process of transition from old belief systems to Christianity, and populates it (so I hear) with a host of interesting, complex characters. The books are often called "modernist" (they were originally published in 1920-1922) which fascinates me because I've never read modernist or experimental fiction set so far in the past. Undset won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928, and Kristin is her best-known work, so I'm looking forward to giving it a try.
We'll be reading the Tina Nunnally translation, which won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation Prize in 2001 and apparently restored a number of the more experimental passages, which had been excised from the original English translation. It's available from Penguin in both omnibus and three individual editions.
Just like with Bolaño, people will all post their reviews of each section around the end of the month, and we can compare notes. The casual schedule is as follows, with pagination from my omnibus edition, pictured above:
Feel like reading along? We've got an awesome group so far:
- Richard (co-host) from Caravana de Recuerdos;
- Amy from New Century Reading;
- Bethany from Dreadlock Girl Reads;
- Claire from Kiss a Cloud;
- Dana from Scraptherapy;
- Dawn from She Is Too Fond Of Books;
- Don (Don doesn't have a blog, but will be reading and commenting along)
- The Duck Thief from Great White North;
- E.L. Fay from This Book and I Could Be Friends;
- Frances from Nonsuch Book;
- Gavin from Page 247;
- Jackie from Farm Lane Books;
- Jason from Moored At Sea;
- Jill from Rhapsody in Books;
- Katrina from Katrina Reads;
- Lu from Regular Rumination;
- 3M (Michelle) from 1morechapter;
- Sarah from What we have here is a failure to communicate;
- Softdrink from Fizzy Thoughts;
- Susan from Pages Turned;
- Tuesday from Tuesday in Silhouette;
- Valerie from Life is a Patchwork Quilt
Just looking at that list makes me so excited to get started. Anyone who feels the same way is welcome to join in; just leave a comment here or on Richard's blog to let us know, and we'll corral everyone's entries for easy reference when they start appearing.
I can't wait!