Friday, April 13, 2007

Sights of Oslo - off the beaten track

Vår Frelsers gravlund (Cemetery of Our Saviour)

The grave of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910), is not as well known as Henrik Ibsen, but was considered to be one of the most famous writers in his time. He is regarded as one of the great 4, with Henrik Ibsen, Alexander Lange Kielland and Jonas Lie.

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson has a very impressive literary production. He is the father of the lyrics of the Norwegian national anthem "Ja vi elsker". He is famous in Norway for novels as Synnøve Solbakken (1857), followed by Arne (1858) and En glad Gut (A Happy Boy) (1860), and Fiskerjenten (The Fisher Maiden) in 1868.

He also wrote historic dramas based on themes from early Norwegian history as King Sverre. He was also a famous journalist and essayist.

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