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Spring Nightby Tarjei Vesaas
Synopses & Reviews
TARJEI VESAAS (1897-1970), shortlisted for the Nobel Prize on a number of occasions, was one of Norway's greatest modern writers. In this 1954 novel sixteen-year old Sissel and her young brother Olaf have been left minding their parents' farm for the night. But when a strange family descends upon them, lost, in a broken-down car, the children have to cope alone. Crete, who is in labor, is accompanied by her distraught husband, childish father-in-law, and a mysterious girl, Gudrun, who seems to have stepped right out of one of Oalf's dreams. Vesaas's novel is a beautifully rendered portrait of adolescent experience. But by the end of the spring night there has been not only a birth but a death in the house, and adolescence has vanished forever.
A beautifully observed portrait of adolescent experience, this novel relates the events that overtake a girl and her young brother when they are left unaccompanied for the night on their parents' farm. They have to cope alone when a group of strangers call at the house after their car breaks down. The strangers are an ill-assorted family who inflict their personal problems and neurosis on the two young siblings. On a deeper level, this extraordinary novel from 1954 is an account and remembrance of how it really feels to be young. Self-growth, self-knowledge, and love are explored as the children experience the abrupt change from childish dreams and security to adult responsibility and happiness.
About the Author
Tarjei Vesaas was the author of several novels, volumes of poetry, and a book of short stories which was awarded an international prize at Venice in 1952. He was awarded several other prizes and was a candidate for the Nobel Prize in 1964, 1968, and again in 1969.
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