Rise of Jonas Olsen by Johannes B. Wist
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Rise of Jonas Olsen
By Johannes B. Wist

The Rise of Jonas Olsen

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Rise of Jonas Olsen by Johannes B. Wist

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"Jonas Olsen came to America in the 1880s. He was twenty years old, had never learned to work, and wasn't much good at anything else. So you may think that he lacked the necessary qualifications to be launched into an alien and indifferent world. But there is no need to worry...Everyone knows that the road to riches and respectability is easy in America." The road to riches for the hero of this sweeping historical novel ends up being rockier than he initially expects. Norwegian immigrant Jonas Olsen arrives in late nineteenth-century Minneapolis with little money and less English. He quickly learns to reinvent himself - from laboring in sewer construction to building a successful dry goods business, from losing everything in a banking collapse to settling the Red River Valley. While an eminently likable character, Jonas can also be ruthless in his ambition to find success in America. "The Rise of Jonas Olsen" is at once an immigrant novel, business novel, political novel, and a western, offering a rich and panoramic view of Scandinavian immigrant life in the Upper Midwest. Wist combines realism and satire to depict the role Norwegian Americans played in the economic, political, and cultural life of the Upper Midwest. Originally published serially in the Norwegian-language newspaper the Decorah Posten in the 1920s, "The Rise of Jonas Olsen" illustrates an immigrant's struggle to preserve his identity and heritage while striving to become fully accepted as an American.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816647507
ISBN-10: 081664750X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 150mm x 33mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Johannes B. Wist

(1864-1923) was a journalist and editor of the Decorah Posten from 1900 to 1923. is professor of American literature at the University of Bergen, Norway, and the author of The Western Home: A Literary History of Norwegian America and Immigrant Minds, American Identities: Making the United States Home, 1870-1930. is editor of the Norwegian-American Historical Association publication program.

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