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Hermundsgard's knowledge of Vesaas is undeniable and he has read widely, carefully, and thoughtfully in other sources for this book. He provides a working definition of primitivism (not just a literary style but a philosophy of life), explains how this is expressed in Vesaas's writing and demonstrates how the primitivism of Vesaas fits into the context of Scandinavian primitivism in general. He succeeds in presenting this complex thesis in a clear style that encourages the reader to turn to Vesaas's own works. Choice

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Preface Chronology Introduction The Concept of Primitivism The Primitivist Tarjei Vesaas Conclusion Bibliography Index

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FRODE HERMUNDSGARD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Norwegian at St. Olaf College. He is a specialist in modern Scandinavian literature.

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"Tarjei Vesaas (1897-1970) was a major Norwegian writer who has never yielded easily to any fixed categorization. The game people play between life and death in his novels is as good a theme as any to look for. Hermundsgard's study, the first book-length treatment of Vesaas in English since Kenneth Chapman's Tarjei Vesaas (1970), focuses on the concept of primitivism expressed in selected novels between 1923 and 1968. Hermundsgard's knowledge of Vesaas is undeniable and he has read widely, carefully, and thoughtfully in other sources for this book. He provides a working definition of primitivism (not just a literary style, but a philosophy of life), explains how this is expressed in Vesaa's writing and demonstrates how the primitivism of Vesaas fits into the context of Scandinavian primitivism in general. He succeeds in presenting this complex thesis in a clear style that encourages the reader to turn to Vesaas's own works not only to verify that thesis but for personal enrichment. Extensive bibliographic notes plus a good primary and secondary bibliography of sources in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, and English. Index of titles and personal names might have been extended to include more concepts discussed in the text, but this is not a real flaw. Recommended for all libraries with strong collections in modern literature."-Choice "Child of the Earth: Tarjei Vesaas and Scandinavian Primitivism is a very valuable study examining this Norwegian novelist, dramatist, short-story writer, and poet and his role in the evolution of modernist positivism in modern Scandinavian literature. The author stresses primarily four of Vesaas's best-known novels and his use throughout of spiritual themes and the interplay of the great forces of nature. Vesaas was indeed a master in his use of lyrical and symbolic language, this adding greatly to his representation of the irrational and vital qualities of primitivism. A mere five novels of his have been translated into English, together with a volume of poems; it is hoped that the present volume will spur translators to select other novels for English publication."-The Scandinavian-American Bulletin ?Child of the Earth: Tarjei Vesaas and Scandinavian Primitivism is a very valuable study examining this Norwegian novelist, dramatist, short-story writer, and poet and his role in the evolution of modernist positivism in modern Scandinavian literature. The author stresses primarily four of Vesaas's best-known novels and his use throughout of spiritual themes and the interplay of the great forces of nature. Vesaas was indeed a master in his use of lyrical and symbolic language, this adding greatly to his representation of the irrational and vital qualities of primitivism. A mere five novels of his have been translated into English, together with a volume of poems; it is hoped that the present volume will spur translators to select other novels for English publication.?-The Scandinavian-American Bulletin ?Tarjei Vesaas (1897-1970) was a major Norwegian writer who has never yielded easily to any fixed categorization. The game people play between life and death in his novels is as good a theme as any to look for. Hermundsgard's study, the first book-length treatment of Vesaas in English since Kenneth Chapman's Tarjei Vesaas (1970), focuses on the concept of primitivism expressed in selected novels between 1923 and 1968. Hermundsgard's knowledge of Vesaas is undeniable and he has read widely, carefully, and thoughtfully in other sources for this book. He provides a working definition of primitivism (not just a literary style, but a philosophy of life), explains how this is expressed in Vesaa's writing and demonstrates how the primitivism of Vesaas fits into the context of Scandinavian primitivism in general. He succeeds in presenting this complex thesis in a clear style that encourages the reader to turn to Vesaas's own works not only to verify that thesis but for personal enrichment. Extensive bibliographic notes plus a good primary and secondary bibliography of sources in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, and English. Index of titles and personal names might have been extended to include more concepts discussed in the text, but this is not a real flaw. Recommended for all libraries with strong collections in modern literature.?-Choice

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