The Birds

Author(s): Tarjei Vesaas; Michael Barnes (Translator); Torbjorn Stoverud (Translator)

Literary Fiction



With spare simplicity, this story tells the tale of Mattis, a mentally disabled man cared for by his lonely older sister, Hege. Their routine, isolated existence is interrupted when a lumberjack arrives at their lakeside cottage and falls in love with Hege, leaving Mattis fearful that he will lose his sister. The careful translation from the Norwegian underscores Vesaas's rare sensitivity in recording Mattis's often insightful view of his world. With a limited understanding of the unpredictable power of nature, Mattis nonetheless turns to the elements to discover the answers--with unsettling results.



Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780720611434
  • : Peter Owen Limited
  • : Peter Owen Limited
  • : 0.217724
  • : June 2002
  • : .7 Inches X 5 Inches X 7.5 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tarjei Vesaas; Michael Barnes (Translator); Torbjorn Stoverud (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 224