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Set in the Norwegian countryside over the course of one summer, The Birds tells the story of forty-year-old Mattis, who has mental disabilities and lives in a small house near a lake with his sister Hege, who ekes out a modest living knitting sweaters. From time to time Hege encourages her brother to find work to ease their financial burdens, but Mattis’s attempts to work at the surrounding farms always end in failure and disgrace. Mattis is keenly aware of the distance between himself and the world around him, which often feels hostile; the villagers call him Simple Simon. (PDF) The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas Review PDF 2019




“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, author of My Struggle, in the New York Times Book Review

“[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 Reviews

“Mattis, the protagonist of … The Birds, surely deserves a place among the cadre of unforgettable characters in modern literature… Vesaas’s prose, spare and straightforward, soars with a poignancy of feeling… Mattis’s disability is the pivot upon which the novel unfolds and also serves to amplify the ways that “normal” people, too, are “handicapped.” Vesaas allows us see that without Mattis’s sensitivity, perceptivity, and honesty, we, too, are impaired, limited from living a full life.” — Lori Feathers, World Literature Today

“Masterful… profound.” — Rain Taxi Review of Books. (PDF) The Birds by Tarjei

“…an under-appreciated work of genius.” — The National Book Review

“Archipelago’s recent edition of The Birds (1957), one of Vesaas’s masterpieces, is an excellent opportunity for English readers to become acquainted with his work.” — Reading in Translation

“True visionary power.” — Sunday Telegraph

“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 concetration of style and feeling that seems to be Vesaas’ characteristic mark as a novelist.” — Sunday Times

“Beautiful and subtle” — Scotsman

“The Birds is a true literary masterpiece – most likely one of the most beautifully haunting novels you will ever read.” — Nordic Bookblog

“The inexplicable thoughts that recur to Mattis will do so to readers as well, long after the book has ended.” — Hannah Sheldon-Dean, Bookslut

“Disarmingly insightful… Vesaas conveys subtle emotional rhythms with masterful economy.” — Tablet

“A masterpiece.” — Literary Review. (PDF) The Birds by Tarjei


About the Author


TARJEI VESAAS (1897-1970), author of twenty-five novels, and several volumes of poetry, short stories, and plays, is widely regarded as one of Norway’s greatest writers of the twentieth century. His writing touches on a variety of difficult themes such as mortality, guilt, and angst, while often chronicling the deep intractable human emotions of his characters. Vesaas won a number of awards, including the the prestigious Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 1963 for his novel, The Ice Palace, and The Venice Prize in 1953 for The Winds. He was considered for the Nobel Prize three times. (PDF) The Birds by Tarjei

About the translators: (PDF) The Birds by Tarjei
TORBJØRN STØVERUD is the author of Milestones of Norwegian Literature, Modern Norwegian Literature, and, together with George Popperwell, Anthology of Norwegian Literature, Volume 1-6. Together with Hal Sutcliff he is the translator of The Story of Edvard Munch by Ketil Bjornstad and Insect Summer by Knut Faldbakken. (PDF) The Birds by Tarjei
MICHAEL BARNES is Emeritus Professor of Scandinavian Studies at University College London. He is the author of The Scandinavian Runic Inscriptions of Britain, An Introduction to Scandinavian Phonetics, and The Norn Language of Orkney and Shetland, among others. (PDF) The Birds by Tarjei

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