Tarjei Vesaas

Tarjei Vesaas


Born
in Vinje, Norway
August 20, 1897

Died
March 15, 1970

Genre


Tarjei Vesaas was a Norwegian poet and novelist. Written in Nynorsk, his work is characterized by simple, terse, and symbolic prose. His stories are often about simple rural people that undergo a severe psychological drama and who according to critics are described with immense psychological insight. Commonly dealing with themes such as death, guilt, angst, and other deep and intractable human emotions, the Norwegian natural landscape is a prevalent feature in his works. His debut was in 1923 with Children of Humans (Menneskebonn), but he had his breakthrough in 1934 with The Great Cycle (Det store spelet). His mastery of the nynorsk language, landsmål (see Norwegian language), has contributed to its acceptance as a medium of world class li ...more

Average rating: 3.97 · 5,673 ratings · 651 reviews · 50 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Ice Palace

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3.95 avg rating — 3,104 ratings — published 1963 — 60 editions
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The Birds

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4.04 avg rating — 1,803 ratings — published 1957 — 52 editions
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Kimen

3.86 avg rating — 143 ratings — published 1940 — 14 editions
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The Boat in the Evening

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3.91 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1968 — 9 editions
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Spring Night

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3.63 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 1954 — 10 editions
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The Bridges

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3.93 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 1966 — 12 editions
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The House in the Dark

4.04 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1945 — 11 editions
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Great Cycle

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Vindane

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3.88 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1952 — 4 editions
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The Bleaching Yard

3.56 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 1946 — 5 editions
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More books by Tarjei Vesaas…
“What you want most you push away from you.
You want more than you care to admit.”
Tarjei Vesaas, The Bridges

“Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.”
Tarjei Vesaas, The Boat in the Evening

“Bewilderment increases in the presence of the mirrors.”
Tarjei Vesaas, The Boat in the Evening

Polls

December 2016 New School Classic Poll

 
  60 votes, 21.3%

White Fang by Jack London, 252 pages, 1906
 
  46 votes, 16.3%

 
  35 votes, 12.4%

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pgs, 1995
 
  33 votes, 11.7%

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, 468 pgs, 1913
 
  26 votes, 9.2%

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, 483 pgs, 1993
 
  17 votes, 6.0%

Queer by William S. Burroughs, 160 pgs, 1985
 
  15 votes, 5.3%

The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas, 176 pgs, 1960
 
  14 votes, 5.0%

 
  12 votes, 4.3%

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, 368 pgs, 1915
 
  10 votes, 3.5%

The Vagabond by Colette, 252 pgs, 1910
 
  10 votes, 3.5%

 
  4 votes, 1.4%

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