Aleksis Kivi





Aleksis Kivi


Born
in Nurmijärvi, Finland
October 10, 1834

Died
December 31, 1872

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Aleksis Kivi (born Alexis Stenvall) was a Finnish author who wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language, Seven Brothers (orig. Seitsemän veljestä). Although Kivi was among the very earliest authors of prose and lyrics in Finnish language, he is still considered one of the greatest of them all.

Aleksis Kivi was born at Nurmijärvi, Finland, into a tailor's family. In 1846 he left for school in Helsinki, and in 1859 he was accepted into the University of Helsinki, where he studied literature and developed an interest in the theater. His first play was Kullervo, based on a tragic tale from the Kalevala.

From 1863 onwards, Kivi devoted his time to writing. He wrote 12 plays and a collection of poetry. The novel Seven Brothers took h
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Seven Brothers

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3.28 avg rating — 1,860 ratings — published 1870 — 40 editions
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Nummisuutarit

2.95 avg rating — 110 ratings — published 1864 — 13 editions
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Kullervo

3.32 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1864 — 3 editions
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Kihlaus

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Kootut Runot

3.31 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1975
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Aleksis Kivi's Heath Cobble...

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Kanervala

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Olviretki Schleusingenissa;...

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Lea; Margareta

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Seitsemän Veljestä : Seven ...

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“Muistuttipa heidän juoksunsa kuuta korkeuden sininiitulla. Ei väisty hän syrjään hattaran edestä, joka tahtoo sulkea hänen tiensä, vaan huoletonna hän retkeilee sen läpitse, ja kirkkaampana kuin ennen astuu hän jälleen sen kautta ulos. / Their flight was like the moon's course through the blue fields of the sky. She does not turn aside for a flimsy cloud that tries to block her path, but sails through it serenely and emerges on the other side brighter than before.”
Aleksis Kivi, Seven Brothers

“It is not easy to wash off the shame when it has already been glued to a person.”
Aleksis Kivi, Seven Brothers

“SEITSEMÄN MIEHEN VOIMA

Kiljukoon nyt kaikkein kaula,
koska mielin virren laulaa
voimasta seitsemän miehen.

Tähtiä kuin otavassa,
poikia on Jukolassa,
laiskanpulskeja jallii.

Juho pauhaa, pirtti roikaa;
hän on talon aika poika,
ankara "Poika-Jussi".

Tuomas seisoo niinkuin tammi,
koska saarnaa Aaprahammi,
Jukolan Salomon suuri.

Simeoni, liuhuparta,
valittaa se "ihmisparka,
syntinen, saatana, kurja".

Simeoni herneet keittää,
Timo sekaan rasvat heittää,
patahan kuohuvaan sylkee.

Lauri-poika metsäs häärii,
katselevi puita väärii,
mäyränä nummia tonkii.

Viimein tulee hännän huippu,
Pikku-Eero, liukas luikku,
Jukolan tiuskea rakki.

Siinä onpi velisarja,
jalo niinkuin sonnikarja,
voimalla seitsemän miehen.”
Aleksis Kivi, Seven Brothers

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