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Birds, The, Vesaas,  Tarjei
Birds, The
Tarjei Vesaas

Paperback $22.99 - Penguin UK
Fiction - Published: 16/Jul/2019 - ISBN: 9780241384879

This is the story of Mattis, a mentally handicapped man who lives with and is cared for by his older sister, Hege. Mattis cannot make sense of his tangled thoughts, frightening apparitions, surges of emotion and clever insights. When a travelling lumberjack attracts Hege's affections, the disruption is too much for Mattis to bear. This Norwegian masterpiece sensitively captures the mystic command of the natural world, the prison of unfulfilled time and the fragility of the human mind. The narrative is sparse, poetic and contemplative but the ending crescendos into heart-breaking misfortune. Tarjei Vesaas died at the age of 72 in the same small village where he was born- Vinje in Telemark, an isolated mountainous district of southern Norway. He wrote more than twenty-five novels and was nominated thirty times for the Nobel Prize. Tarjei Vesaas has written the best Norwegian novel ever, "The Birds" - it is absolutely wonderful, the prose is so simple and so subtle, and the story is so moving that it would have been counted amongst the great classics from the last century if it had been written in one of the major languages - Karl Ove Knausgaard.

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