• The Ice Palace (Cased Classics)



OCTOBER 2017

Peter Owen Cased Classics


A beautiful gift edition of Tarjei Vesaas's beautiful poetic novel, The Ice Palace, featuring a die-cut dust jacket and contemporary art.


‘How simple this novel is. How subtle. How strong. How unlike any other. It is unique. It is unforgettable. It is extraordinary.’ – Doris Lessing

In rural Norway, one evening after school, eleven-year-old Siss and Unn strike up a deep and unusual bond. When the next day Unn sets off alone into the wintry woods in search of a mysterious frozen waterfall, known locally as the 'ice palace', and does not return, a devastated Siss takes it upon herself to find her missing friend and ensure she is not forgotten.

The Ice Palace is one of the most memorable achievements in modern literature thanks in large part to Vesaas's unique command of a sparse, figurative and fragmentary style, the beauty and effect of which is not lost in translation. As part of the Peter Owen Cased Classics series, this special hardback edition is bound with printed endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker. The elegant dust jacket features a die cutting in the shape of an ice shard, while printed on the cover board is the work of acclaimed British contemporary artist Kaye Donachie.


Translated by Elizabeth Rokkan

‘if I had to choose a book I m surprised isn t the most famous book in the world it might be The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas.’ – Max Porter
‘The narrative is urgent, the descriptions relentlessly beautiful, the meaning as powerful as the ice piling up on the lake.’ – The Times

‘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 grew up and spent most of his life. His first book appeared in 1923, and he subsequently published several novels, volumes of poetry and short stories. His novel The Ice Palace was awarded the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the most important Scandinavian literary award. He was three times a Nobel Prize candidate. His work has been published in many countries. He died in 1970.



Bibliographic Data
Date Published October 2017
ISBN Number 9780720620061
Pages 176

The Ice Palace (Cased Classics)

  • £12.99


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