Translated from the Norwegian by Elizabeth Rokkan
A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian
writer's masterpiece. Siss and Unn are new friends – so new
that they have spent only one whole evening in each other's
company. But so profound is that evening that when Unn inexplicably
disappears Siss's world is shattered. Siss's struggle with
her fidelity to the memory of her friend and Unn's fatal exploration
of the strange, terrifyingly beautiful frozen waterfall that
is the Ice Palace are described in prose of a lyrical economy
that ranks among the most memorable achievements of modern
Tarjei Vesaas is regarded as one of the finest writers ever
to have come out of Scandinavia – he is notable for having
been nominated for the Nobel Prize three times and has been
considered one of the greatest prose stylists never to have
won. Nevertheless, his reputation is secure and growing all
the time. Peter Owen has long considered The
Ice Palace to
be the greatest work ever to have come from his publishing
house, which boasts seven Nobel Prize winners on its list.
How simple this novel is. How subtle. How strong.
How unlike any other. It is unique. It is unforgettable. It
is extraordinary. Doris Lessing, Independent
It is hard to do justice to The Ice Palace .
. . The narrative is urgent, the descriptions relentlessly
beautiful, the meaning as powerful as the ice piling up on
the lake. The Times
Vesaass laconic sentences are as cold and simple
as ice and as fantastic. Daily Telegraph
Believable and haunting . . . this beautiful and neo-prose
poem is as sombre and Scandinavian as a Bergman film . . .
the evocation of rime, frost and cracking ice have so eternal
a quality that the mention of a passing car comes almost as
a shock. Nova
Austere poetical clarity, stoical wisdom and a vivid
response to nature. Times Literary Supplement
TARJEI VESAAS was born in 1897 in the remote rural
Telemark district of Norway, where he spent most of his life.
Throughout his life he published several novels, volumes of
poetry and a book of short stories which was awarded an international
prize at Venice in 1952. He was awarded several other prizes
and was a candidate for the Nobel Prize in 1964, 1968 and
again in 1969. He died in 1970, his reputation as the leading
Nordic writer firmly established.