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Pillars of Society By Henrik Ibsen
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The Pillars of Society, drama in four acts by Henrik Ibsen, published in Norwegian as Samfundets støtter in 1877 and performed the following year. The play’s title initially refers to... More > Karsten Bernick, whose good reputation is threatened by the return to town of his brother-in-law, Johan Tönnesen and of Johan’s half sister, Lona Hessel, whose love Bernick had rejected in order to marry her rich half sister.< Less
Absalom's Hair By Bjornstjerne Bjornson
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Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer and the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. Bjørnson is considered as one of The Four Greats Norwegian writers; the... More > others being Henrik Ibsen, Jonas Lie, and Alexander Kielland.Bjørnson is celebrated for his lyrics to the Norwegian National Anthem, "Ja, vi elsker dette landet".< Less
The Psalms of Mortality, Volume 10: The Humanus Magnus Awakens By Henry M. Piironen
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The Psalms of Mortality are a thematically organized collection of aphorisms that border poetry in literature style. The chapters are rich in metaphors and powerfully expressive in the existential-... More > and psychological thoughts on liberty, elevation of self-worth, love and value of life, while placing strong critique on cultural values that suppress psychological- and social freedom. The theme of the story follows a mythological figure, Chronos Art, who has prayed from an unknown god to never be immortal, holy, enlightened or saintly, and to be granted freely to wander through all the kingdoms of thought. The Psalms of Mortality is completely psychological, where all the reality of the story takes place.< Less
Hedda Gabler By Henrik Ibsen
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Hedda Gabler is a play published in 1890 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It premiered in 1891 in Germany to negative reviews, but has subsequently gained recognition as a classic of realism,... More > nineteenth century theatre, and world drama. A 1902 production starring Minnie Maddern Fiske was a major sensation on Broadway and following its initial limited run was revived with the same actress the next year. Some critics consider the character of Hedda one of the great dramatic roles in theatre, and some portrayals have been very controversial, especially the New Zealand play "2B or not 2B" where a male (Ryan Mead) plays Hedda. Depending on the interpretation, Hedda may be portrayed as an idealistic heroine fighting society, a victim of circumstance, a prototypical feminist, or a manipulative villain.< Less
The Wild Duck By Henrik Ibsen
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Should the truth be pursued whatever the cost? The idealistic son of a wealthy businessman seeks to expose his father's duplicity and to free his childhood friend from the lies on which his happy... More > home life is based.< Less
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils By Selma Lagerlöf
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Since its publication in 1906, this book has become one of the most loved children’s books of all times. A picture of Nils Holgersson, on the back of a goose flying over the... More > Scandinavian plains, is printed on the reverse side of the Swedish 20 krona banknote. The Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlöf (1858 – 1940) was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1909). The Swedish newspaper "Gefle Posten" called her “the greatest story-teller in Scandinavian literature since the days of Hans Christian Andersen.” This book is on the list of the 100 best books of the 20th century, according to a poll conducted by the Paris newspaper Le Monde.< Less
Peer Gynt By Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Rackham
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Among the masterpieces of world literature, this great verse drama by Norway's famed playwright humorously yet profoundly explores the virtues, vices, and follies common to all humanity as it follows... More > the roguish life of a charming but arrogant young man. A literary delight since it was first published in 1875.< Less
Jerusalem By Selma Lagerlöf
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The novel describes how a Chicago mystic sparks a religious revival in the community that leads people to sell their possessions and conduct a mass pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Hunger By Knut Hamsun
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Hunger is a novel by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun published in 1890. Parts of it had been published anonymously in the Danish magazine Ny Jord in 1888. The novel has been hailed as the literary... More > opening of the 20th century and an outstanding example of modern, psychology-driven literature. Hunger portrays the irrationality of the human mind in an intriguing and sometimes humorous manner.< Less
Pan By Knut Hamsun
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First published in 1894, Knut Hamsun's Pan is former lieutenant Thomas Glahn's retrospective narrative of his life and adventures in the Norwegian woods. A man of fascinating complexity, Glahn is in... More > some respects a modern successor to a long line of "superfluous" men in western literature, an heir to Goethe's Werther and the protagonists of Turgenev and Dostoyevsky.But this portrait of a man rejecting the claims of bourgeois society for a Rousseauian embrace of Nature and Eros, explores the veiled mysteries of the unconscious by means of thoroughly modern techniques. Pan's quasi-musical modulations of pace and rhythm, its haunting use of leitmotifs which contract and distend time, its startling versions of myth and legend, and its ecstatic evocations of nature in its various phases and moods, all attest to the novel's Modernist innovations.< Less