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Anna, Hanna en Johanna

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  4,210 Ratings  ·  432 Reviews
Tussen Kerstin Ekmans sociaal realisme en Selma Lagerlofs rijke literaire schilderingen bevindt zich met een geheel eigen stijl de Zweedse schrijfster Marianne Fredriksson (1927), die in deze roman d.m.v. een 'familiekroniek' vanuit het vrouwelijk perspectief de lotgevallen van drie generaties vrouwen beschrijft: de boerendochter Hanna uit het ruige archaische Dalsland, Jo ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 2001 by De Geus (first published 1994)
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Bahram
Apr 03, 2017 Bahram rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
بیشتر به روحیه ی دخترانه نزدیک بود
Cynthia
Jan 02, 2008 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get this book. The book tells the life story of 3 women Hanna (grandmother of Anna, mother to Joanna), Joanna (other of Anna), and Anna living in Sweden.

What I liked about the book: Hanna's lifestory was very interesting. Born to a poor country family during the last half of 1800's, Hanna's life was a grim struggle. She was a servant for her uncle and cruel aunt. She was raped, then viewed as a whore by the town, and had a boy by the time she was 13 years old. Later she married the mil
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Corinne
I'm still reeling from the depth of this book. Hanna's Daughters is a story of three generations of Swedish women, trying their hardest to find out who they are in a world that never seems to fit them completely. Hanna, Johanna and Anna - grandmother, mother and daughter, their lives winding through Swedish history: war and famine, prosperity and vague pleasures, from a mountain cabin on a lake in the mid 1800s to the streets of modern Göteborg.

The narrative is both personal and real, each women
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Laurel-Rain
Dec 10, 2010 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three generations of Swedish women whose lives are linked through a century of great love and great loss vividly people this family saga.

Told from the points of view of Hanna, her daughter Johanna, and granddaughter Anna, "Hanna's Daughters: A Novel" is a spellbinding tale that almost immediately grabs the reader.

In the beginning, we meet Johanna, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and visited by her daughter Anna, a writer who is divorced from her husband Rikard and is the mother of two daught
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Hanna's Daughters, Marianne Fredriksson (1927)
عنوان: دختران هانا؛ نویسنده: ماریانه فردریکسون؛ مترجم: مهشید میرمعزی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، روزنه، 1381، در 480 ص، اندازه 19 در 5/11 س.م.، شابک: 9643341054؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان سوئدی قرن 20 م
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Iris
Aug 25, 2009 Iris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hanna's Daughters: A Novel of Three Generations is the type of book that one would expect to be on Oprah's book club list, due to its focus on women's histories and lives. Beginning in 1871 and ending in 1986 the lives of Hanna, Johanna, and Anna are traced through personal and social history. Hanna's story is told in a narrative story form, but Johanna and Anna speak from the first person. There is a thread of magic running through the book which never quite solidifies, but maybe that is requ ...more
Kirsten
Mar 30, 2011 Kirsten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-own
This book is about three generations of Swedish women starting from the tough life of a farmer's wife to the city transplant and the development of modern urban life and socialism in Sweden. I am not so much interested in Swedish history and farm life as I am in Norwegian farm life, but the setting for the first generation turns out to be on the Norwegian border and to be not far away from the town my mother was born in.

The book is framed by Anna, the third generation who is writing a book abou
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Cissy
Feb 05, 2008 Cissy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time figuring out if I liked this or not. It's the story of a grandmother, her daughter, and her daughter, starting with the grandmother (Hanna) when she was a child. It takes place in Sweden (it is actually a translation of a Swedish book) and I liked the history and culture. I would not say it is historical fiction, though. I just mean since it covered something like 120 years, it was interesting seeing how things changed (and didn't). However, almost all the relationships are ser ...more
Adri
Nov 26, 2011 Adri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started off rather slowly and was quite confusing at first - especially since the three women had such similar names - Hanna, Johanna and Anna - and there being a number of other characters with the same names. However, once that gets sorted out one is really drawn into the story which is sad beyond words, but also rather beautiful.

Definitely an author whose other books I will read. I find it very interesting to read about countries other than those which are anglophone as it is almost
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Brenna Bonner
Feb 02, 2008 Brenna Bonner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all families
A memoir of a family on the Norway/Sweden boarder by the 4 generations of women, Maja-Lisa, Hanna, Johanna, and Anna. The author reveals how generational differences within a family can cause misunderstandings and strain. How can one transition from a farming life to city life? How can children who grew up in town relate to their grandparents/parents who seem "country" and "uneducated"? How can the grandparents/parents help their children navigate a completely unknown world that doesn't value th ...more
Jacki
Dec 06, 2008 Jacki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, this book was stunning. Maybe because it was given to me by my mom a couple of weeks ago after she read it... just knowing that she read it and it touched her enough for her to give it to me...

This is the story of 3 generations of women and how they related to each other. It was neat to hear about it from the mother's point of view and then from the daughter's.... and it made me want to know more about my grandmother who has been dead since I was very young.

Beyond the story (which I lov
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Сhristie ♥
Nov 28, 2015 Сhristie ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Скандинавська література, це коли розповідь написана лаконічно, грубо і без прикрас. Як пісна страва. Але навіть пісне інколи може подразнювати рецептори.
Ханна - проста селянка, з тяжким і загартованим характером, її дочка Юханна - дитя іншого, новішого часу, а внучка Анна зовсім сучасна жінка. Найбільше мене зачепила історія Ханни, адже вона джерело справжньої сили в їхньому жіночому роді.
Жодна з них не здійснила нічого надзвичайного і не прославилася чимось особливим, щоб бути описаною в книж
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Åsa Von Westerberg
Absolutely HATE IT!!! :-S Must be one of the most over rated authors EVER...! Ive read two of her books and this was the first. I thought maybe the others would be slightly better, since I have friends who tell me they 'loooove' Marianne Fredriksson (maybe theyre joking), but the second one was also crappy!! Her books are amongst the worst nonsense Ive ever forced myself to read - couldnt even finish the second one, gave up a few pages from the end. The authors use of language is horrible and he ...more
Amber
Jan 07, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was completely drawn into the wonderfully told stories of each generation of women. At the same time, watching how each woman reacted in their relationships with their parents, spouses and children was very insightful. Each generation thought she was more modern that her parents, but in the end realizing they were all the same and each were strong women. Definitely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to my friends.
Calzean
The book has its moments as it described the life of Hanna (born 1871 in the north of Sweden), her daughter and granddaughter.
There is some insight into life in Sweden, the harshness of life in the 1800s/1900s and the gradual improvement in living conditions.
The language to me was a bit flat and the characters were quite bland.
Kate
The first 25 pages are deathly slow, then it picks up during "Part One" and about half of "Part Two" and then falls apart again. I suppose I was meant to cry and be shocked and outraged and also feel joy for the women in the book, but it was a struggle a lot of the time to stay awake. Perhaps if I were Swedish, I would have enjoyed it more. I don't know...
Heidi
Jan 25, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. It was amazing to see how much change took place over the course of these three women's lives and also how much stayed the same. I love the superstitious little things that were in there too. I love how all the men think the women are filled with secrets and the women are surprised when they hear this.
Lee
Feb 14, 2014 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


Scandinavian story of the roll of women over three generations. Also explores the complex relationship between mothers, daughters, and grandmothers. Confusing at times, perhaps the translation or the writing, but I just didn't get what the author meant. Otherwise enjoyed the story and the historical allusions.
Gaile
Three generations of women tell their stories up to the present day. Although I liked the book, it did not really go very deep, skipping over many historical events. It starts on a small farm and ends up in a big city with the contemporary girl visiting the old farm and wondering how the women of her family could live there.
Belinda
Promising story, but I felt it must have lost some depth in translation as I felt there could have been so much more. Allthough I found lives of the 3 women interesting from a social and historical point of view I did not really connect with any of them.
Camie
Mar 28, 2014 Camie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spanning 100 years this is a good book about the lives of three remarkable Scandinavian women over three generations. I love books like this that show the natural progression of life, what we leave behind and what we take with us. 4 stars
Joyce
Jul 22, 2013 Joyce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not enjoying this at all. So far. Disjointed :/

Just never connected with Hannah, Johanna, or Anna. Their characters were shockingly flat. Maybe lost in translation, but even their rich experiences were not written in a compelling way. Sorry I finished it.
Mimi
Nov 08, 2013 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
This tied in, unintentionally, with a recent retreat I attended. The story of three generations of women who live in Sweden, the earlier family at the border of Norway. It made me think a lot about how our family history affects our family story.
Lindsey
Jan 27, 2014 Lindsey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could have been such a great book without the trash that started halfway though. Had to stop. Dang.
Dev
Jul 13, 2008 Dev rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hanna, Johanna, and Anna. I could not keep them straight and neither will you. . . pass on this one.
Márcia
Mar 26, 2015 Márcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorei o livro e recomendo vivamente.
Karen Dekkers
Sep 20, 2015 Karen Dekkers rated it liked it
ik ben blij dat ik hem gelezen heb. maar naast dat het een bijzonder verhaal over vrouwenlevens in verschillende tijden is is het ook wel heftig met alle geschiedenis op de achtergrond.
Sally Edsall
May 08, 2017 Sally Edsall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I found this a readable and enjoyable novel, set in a part of the world about which I have little knowledge, and whose literature does not always reach us. The novel does not break any new ground in literature, but is one that kept me interested and lost in another place and times. And what more can be asked of a 'good read'?
Dale
Mar 04, 2017 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a well written novel of three generations of a Family Saga. The way the author wrote with the old, broken grammar of Hanna, just set the tone immediately. The story line was told in the voice of three Swedish women, Hanna; her daughter, Johanna; and her granddaughter, Anna. The three generations covered over one hundred years of Scandinavian history. The history of the country was interesting and the story told of sacrifices, compromises, and rewards in the relationships between men and ...more
yexxo
Das Thema des Romans ist schnell erzählt: Die Lebensgeschichte dreier Frauen einer Familie in Schweden aus aufeinanderfolgenden Generationen, Großmutter, Mutter, Tochter. Daneben wird der Leserin und dem Leser in beeindruckender Art und Weise die Entwicklung der schwedischen Gesellschaft über zwei Jahrhunderte vor Augen geführt.
Beeindruckend finde ich wie es der Autorin gelingt, jeder ihrer Protagonistinnen eine eigene Sprache zu geben, die nicht nur die Zeit, sondern ebenso die Lebensverhältni
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Marianne Fredriksson was a Swedish author who worked and lived in Roslagen and Stockholm. Before becoming a novelist, she was a journalist on various Swedish newspapers and magazines, including Svenska Dagbladet.

Fredriksson published fifteen novels, most of which have been translated into English, German, Dutch and other languages. Most of her earlier books are based on biblical stories. A central
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“She had realized there are only fragments, that 'memories' always consist of fragments the mind puts together into a pattern, adapts a picture staked out early without the need for a conenction with anything that really happened. A great deal is misunderstood by small children, then stored as images that attract similar images, confirming and reinforcing.” 9 likes
“I recognized everything, the waterfall and the lakes, the trees and paths. But they had forgotten me. That was bitter and I cried a lot. One should never return to sacred places.” 9 likes
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