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Description - The Rise of Jonas Olsen by Johannes B. Wist

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816647507
ISBN-10: 081664750X
Format: Hardback
Pages: 464
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-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.