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An intensely graceful novel recounting scenes of the Norwegian countryside from one of Norway’s most beloved 20th-century writers.

Tarjei Vesaas’s final work before his death, this episodic novel drifts between dream-like abstraction and vivid description of seemingly ordinary yet heightened scenes of the Norwegian countryside. The many overlapping, semi-autobio
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Paperback, 136 pages
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Archipelago
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Kasa Cotugno
Impressionistic and yet naturalistic, this release from Archipelago publishing house presents a work of Tarjei Vesaas, one of Norway's most honored authors, as yet unavailable in translation. Semi biographical scenes present Norwegian rural life, but it is unclear as to the era. Versaas was born in 1897, so the coming of age sequences are more identifiable. I was particularly taken by an evening in which the narrator sits motionless as a "tussock" (even more so because tussocks to respond to bre ...more
SueLucie
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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A set of stories of varying length, appealing to the senses as much as to the mind. I came to an idea of the Norwegian landscape through the author’s descriptions and his communication of how it made him feel in different episodes of his life. Many of the stories are more poetry than prose, and I confess I found a couple of the shorter ones pretty much impenetrable.

Those involving distinct characters appealed to me most. I was struck particularly by the story of the young boy lying c
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Kirsty
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found this hugely underwhelming after reading the stunning The Ice Palace. Some of Vesaas’ observations are marvellous in this short work, but I found that it felt quite disjointed overall.
Jacqui Huntley
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An intriguing set of essays that read as short stories. It's written in a beautiful way expressing feelings about landscape, waterscape and nature extremely vividly. Any people mostly seem rather incidental but certainly part of the landscape. Some stories are distinctly bizarre with no obvious pattern through them, others gentle ambles through the trees or water or rocks. Life goes on at a very slow and steady pace. - the plodding of the boy, his father and horse pulling logs out of a snowy for ...more
Archana Aggarwal
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net Galley. Beautiful and lyrical. a short but excellent read. Loved it. The descriptions of nature are poetic and the situation of the self in it are very moving.
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English Translati...: Tarjei Vesaas - The Hills Reply 1 7 Aug 26, 2019 12:00PM  
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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 emotion ...more