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.
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.
The Birds has a freshness that can only be due to its
timeless subject matter... From the first page, this novel grips us
with an acutely sensitive rendition of a mentally handicapped man's
inner world * Kirkus Review *
A masterpiece * Literary Review *
A spare, icily humane story... The character of Mattis, absurd and boastful, but also sweet, pathetic and even funny, is shown with great insight. The translation conveys successfully a concentration of style and feeling that seems to be Vesaas' characteristic mark as a novelist * Sunday Times *