Tarjei Vesaas

TARJEI VESAAS (1897–1970) was a Norwegian poet and novelist whose sparse, poetic and figurative style won him international acclaim and three separate nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born in his ancestral farmhouse in Vinje, southern Norway, which had been passed down from father to son for 300 years. With little taste for travel, he died there in 1970. In spite of his apparent isolation he was a prolific writer, publishing twenty-five novels as well as several volumes of poetry, short stories and plays. A literary modernist he wrote in his native Nyorsk rather than the Danish influenced Bokmål, and his mastery of the language contributed to its acceptance as a medium of world class literature. His writing is marked by its complex and humanist themes, his descriptions of the Nordic landscape and an attentive and mesmerizing prose style. Best known and best loved of his works are The Ice Palace, for which he won The Nordic Council's Literature Prize, The Birds and The Bridges. Vesaas is an enduring literary figure in his native Norway where his home has become a site of pilgrimage.




Spring Night

Spring Night

From the author of The Ice Palace Sixteen-year old Sissel and her young brother Olaf have been le..

The Birds

The Birds

From the author of The Ice Palace comes another dazzling tale of delicate beauty and deceptive simpl..

The Boat in the Evening

The Boat in the Evening

The critical acclaim which greeted The Boat in the Evening confirmed Tarjei Vesaas's place amon..

The Bridges

The Bridges

As strange, unsettling and memorable as The Ice Palace and The Birds this remarkable novel conv..

The Ice Palace

The Ice Palace

From the author of The Birds and The Boat in the Evening comes a novel of startling beauty, widely c..

The Ice Palace (Cased Classics)

The Ice Palace (Cased Classics)

OCTOBER 2017Peter Owen Cased ClassicsA beautiful gift edition of Tarjei Vesaas's beautiful poetic no..

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