The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
(Peter Owen Modern Classics)

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This is a book that celebrates the inexplicable and the incomplete. Reading it did not make reality less fragmented and random, but it made it seem worthy, inexplicable as it may be.
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A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer's masterpiece, this story tells the tale of Siss and Unn, two friends who have only spent one evening in each other's company. But so profound is this evening between them that when Unn inexplicably disappears, Siss's world is shattered. Siss's struggle with her fidelity to the memory of her friend and Unn's fatal exploration of the strange, terrifyingly beautiful frozen waterfall that is the "Ice Palace" are described in prose of a lyrical economy that ranks among the most memorable achievements of modern literature.
 

About Tarjei Vesaas

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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.
 
Published May 1, 2009 by Peter Owen Publishers. 171 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Reviewed by Shani Boianjiu on Sep 17 2012

This is a book that celebrates the inexplicable and the incomplete. Reading it did not make reality less fragmented and random, but it made it seem worthy, inexplicable as it may be.

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