Aspare, powerful, supremelygraceful vel from a giant of Norwegian literature As strange, unsettling, and memorable as The Ice Palace, this remarkable vel carries with itall the compassion, human insight, and lyrical power of allgreat Vesaas vels. It describes the changing relationships between three adolescents an unmarried mother who has drowned her newborn child and the girl and boy who befriend her. Their individual reactions to the tragedy and their efforts to communicate with each other form the central theme of the narrative.
Tarjei Vesaas (1897 1970) is widely considered to be one of Norway's greatest writers of the 20th century and perhaps its most important since World War II. He published several novels including The Ice Palace, several 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 1969.