Pub Date 10 Dec 2019
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Tarjei Vesaas's final work before his death, this episodic novel drifts between dream-like abstraction and vivid description of seemingly ordinary yet heightened scenes of the Norwegian countryside. The many overlapping, semi-autobiographical vignettes of The Hills Reply relate a deep appreciation for the complexity of the human condition, nature, and relationships.
"This final work by one of Norway’s most significant writers of the 20th century has the abstract, colorist strangeness of Matisse’s late wall-hangings. What would happen if landscape entirely superseded people (as if this doesn’t happen when we die). Here’s a beautiful, arresting answer." –John Freeman, Lithub "Tarjei Vesaas is the best and most interesting Norwegian writer after the Second World War. His language is so sensitive, so open to his characters' minds and the landscape they inhabit, that it gives form to that space between - between people and other people, between people and nature - the space where our lives unfold." -Karl Ove Knausgaard "A clear crystal of imagination...a rare kind of masterpiece" -Daily Telegraph "A rare mixture of creative vitality, conviction and artistry." -Guardian "An excellent translation by Elizabeth Rokkan catches the quiet, poetic mood." -Sunday Telegraph "Infinitely calm and strong." -Daily Telegraph "Disturbing and beautiful...elaborate and powerful." -Sunday Times "A book of great strength and beauty." -The Times