Brevet fra Minnesota (The Letter from Minnesota) by Jon Magnus

The Letter from Minnesota by Jon Magnus.


A sorrowful letter from America at the bottom of a rose painted wooden chest from a smallholding in Tørdal, Telemark, sent from Kelliher, Minnesota and dated March 18th, 1951. With this old sign of life in hand, the author began searching for answers. What had happened to his great-uncle who left home in Norway in 1904 and who wasn’t heard from for 47 years?

A former journalist and correspondent for Norwegian daily VG, Jon Magnus (born 1948) takes the reader on a journey from the past through to the present. It starts at the Telemark Canal waterway and goes to North-Dakota, Minnesota and finally California. We meet Eivind and Aaste – Edwin and Esther in their new country – just two among a million Norwegian immigrants pursuing happiness in North-America during the years from 1840 to 1940.

This book presents a vibrant portrait of individuals and their surroundings, while also offering perspectives on today’s migration. It is a story about the urge to venture out into the wider world, and a compelling saga of those Norwegian-Americans who never went home again.

Product detail

Title: Brevet fra Minnesota: I skyggen av den amerikanske drømmen
(The Letter from Minnesota: In the Shadow of the American Dream)
Author: Jon Magnus
Genre: Non fiction
Language: Norwegian
Number of pages: 184, hardcover
Weight: 368 g (12.98 ounces)
Dimensions: 220x140x18 mm (8.66x5.51x0.7 inches)
Publisher: Maana forlag
Published: 2021
ISBN: 9788269077544
NOK 379 (shipping not included)

The author Jon Magnus.


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