Tarjei Vesaas


Born
in Vinje, Norway
August 20, 1897

Died
March 15, 1970

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Tarjei Vesaas was a Norwegian poet and novelist. Written in Nynorsk, his work is characterized by simple, terse, and symbolic prose. His stories often cover 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 litera ...more

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The Birds

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Kimen

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The Boat in the Evening

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Spring Night

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3.61 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 1954 — 12 editions
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The Bridges

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The House in the Dark

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Vindane

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3.90 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 1952 — 4 editions
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Great Cycle

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The Bleaching Yard

3.58 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1946 — 7 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

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