Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson: Absalom's Hair

Absalom's Hair

by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Published: 1898



Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of its spirit," becoming the first Norwegian Nobel laureate.


Bjørnson is considered to be one of "The Four Greats" among Norwegian writers alongside Henrik Ibsen, Jonas Lie and Alexander Kielland.


"Absalom's Hair" is a gloomy tale of an ill-matched pair and of the son who inherited his mother's red hair and her emotional nature, his father's likeness, and from both the spirit of rebellion that wrecked his parent's lives and maimed his own almost beyond the cure of his final self-conquest.

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