Edvard Hoem Ave Eva: A Norwegian Tragedy

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Ave Eva: A Norwegian Tragedy

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Fiction. A powerful novel from the North, winner of national book awards both in Norway and Sweden. Its hero is Edmund Saknevik, orphan, outcast and seeker, who has returned from exile to Norway to farm his ancestral estate. Edmund's attempt to reclaim his history, his language and his purpose in life, as well as to preserve his country's culture and environment, retells the timeless and universal story of a man seeking to regain paradise, to make a home in the world and to redeem his past mistakes, both his own and those of his family. Translated by Frankie Belle Shakelford.

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Edvard Hoem is one of Norway's most prominent writers. He writes in Nyorsk ("New Norwegian"), the second official language of the country, and is a leader of the New Norwegian Movement. Born in 1949 in the northwestern fjord district of Romsdal, he grew up in a rural and religious community, surrounded by the language of the Bible and the singing of hymns at prayer meetings. His father was a farmer and lay preacher, but young Hoem showed more inclination for books and literature than for farming and religion. He pursued higher education at the University of Oslo, where he published his first collection of poems, followed the next year by a lyrical novel, "The Land of Honey and Ashes" (1970).

In Oslo Hoem developed a strong interest in political philosophy and like Dag Solstad and other young writers of the early 1970's incorporated Marxist ideology and aesthetics into his works. He began to write for the stage, producing "The Women By the Fjord" (1973), "Music All Through Gleng" (1977), "Good Night, Europe" (1982) and "Madame Lenin" (1983).

Hoem's breakthrough as a prosaist came with "The Ferry Crossing" (1974), a novel written in Nynorsk, portraying a small island community as a microcosm of the country's social problems. Other novels include "In Rehearsal" (1984) which deals with the mid-life crisis of a successful actor, "Childhood, My Homeland" (1985), a search for roots. His dedication to Norwegian history found expression in "Ave Eva" (1987) and "Saint Olav's Reliquary" (1989), a historical drama set in the 16th century. In 1988 Hoem received the Norwegian Melsom Award and the Swedish Academy's Dobloug Prize, both for "Ave Eva."

Hoem's most recent activities include collaboration with composer Henning Sommerro on "The Pauper God," a song cycle recorded on compact disc, and on "The Last Days of Jesus," a musical passion play which toured Norway in 1998. After serving briefly as an artistic director of the theater in Molde, Hoem returned to Oslo in the spring of 2000 to devote himself full-time to writing.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Norwegian

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