onsdag, april 27, 2005

Her er forslaget til bokavtale

Som dei fleste av dykk allereie veit, var det i går pressekonferanse om forslag til ein ny bokavtale. Det blei som forventa, og ein lagom siger. Sjekk pressemeldinga frå departementet.

7 Comments:

Blogger mikidhellas said...

Hi, this is not a comment, but rather inquiry: there is one Norvegian writer I praise since I found him by accidence in cheap books box in Poland, Jens Bjorneboe (sure, with /o). Lady who translated him into English, Esther Greenleaf Murer, claims he becomes more and more popular in Norway. True? Some comments from you, insider, I am interested.
Kind regards,
Miki

12:49 p.m.  
Blogger MGL said...

Bjørneboe is a really good writer, but unfortunately dead now. He killed himself about thirty years ago. I don't know if I would say he is becoming more and more popular, but he is certainly a staying presence in the Norwegian literary canon.

He was a very colourful character. Deeply alcoholic, raised wealthy. Conservative liberalism in his early years turning into anarchism in his later years.

He was a profilic writer, who wrote in most genres. His plays were very inspired by Bertold Brecht, and he shared Brecht's political activism: he was probably the most sharply political Norwegian writer since the poet Nordahl Grieg, who died during WWII. Almost all of Bjørneboe's works had some sort of political edge, and actually he was most famous in Norway for his public debating and his critical essays. He was a passionate, compassionate and critical writer. Almost everything he wrote caused trouble in one way or the other.

He was also a highly uneven writer. Some of his works are fantastic, and some are just very bad. I think he was probably a better public figure than he was an author. He really uprooted some conservative practices in Norway.

His greatest work is undoubtedly the novel "The Sharks" ("Haiene"), which I believe was the very last thing he wrote. It is a great allegory, with a ship and its crew standing in for mankind and our aspirations. It's a great piece of writing, which I (Martin) read repeatedly when in high school. If you want to read more by him, thats a place to start. Also, I think one should stick to his novels, rather than most of the rest. His trilogy "the history of bestiality" is also excellent." "Jonas" was very important for Ragnfrid, because it's a critique of education, and subjectivity in the face of an objectifying culture.

Martin & Ragnfrid

2:23 p.m.  
Blogger Susanne said...

Not to mention Bjorneboes very first novel "Without a stitch" which is a charming old-fashioned pornographic tale of a young woman receiving some serious sexual healing from a nice helpful doctor.

4:59 p.m.  
Blogger HPL said...

Bjørneboe's first novel "Ere the cock crows" ("Før hanen galer") - 1952.
"Without a stitch" ("Uten en tråd") - 1966.

Så kom det frykteligste. Det grusomste av alle øyeblikk var inne. Hölderlins folk hadde funnet seg selv, og de sang alle samtidig, sammen med orkesteret, gang etter gang, i takt, som når en enorm hær marsjerer, de brølte ordene i en halv time, i en evighet, om igjen og om igjen, to linjer:

Wein, Wein, Wein!
Wurst, Wurst, Wurst!
Wein, Wein, Wein!
Wurst, Wurst, Wurst!

8:51 a.m.  
Blogger Espen said...

Hertug Hans var vel den første han skrev. Rett nok refusert og utgitt senere. Om jeg ikke husker feil.

1:38 p.m.  
Anonymous Trygve said...

Bjørneboe did some great work, although, as Martin suggested, the quality is pretty uneven.
But J.B kind of exceeds these demands, because
of his caracter - he is one of these writers
who can´t die in connection/front of to the text
(as Barthes claimed in ”The Death of the Author”
("Oeuvres complètes. Tome 1-3")

For norwegian-speakers, funny soundfile at:

http://www.nrk.no/litteratur/lesekunst/1937779.html

But that was maybe J.B´s problem as well -
his caracter beeing so colurful that it harmed
his message.


If you want to read some excperts from one of
his greatest novels I would look here:


http://home.att.net/~emurer/texts/powder1.htm

For norwegian speakers:


Hans beste setning mener jeg
er den første i "Krutttårnet"

"I dag morges har katten urinert på
finansministeren"

eller noe slikt...jeg husker ikke nøyaktig..

Kruttårnet er kanskje min J.B -favoritt

Han har limt et bilde på veggen foran skrivebordet i
den lille gartnerboligen
av en italiensk (?) eller serbisk (?) sosialist
som skal til å bli hengt av nazister, og står
med armene reist i været og standhaftig uttrykk,
mens de avskylige karakterene omgir han..

Bjørneboe bruker han som test, han vil ikke skrive
noe som ikke denne mannen ville godkjent.
Derfor ser han i øynene til mannen på bildet
for å hente bekreftelse under skriveøkten.

Jeg har sett bildet og det er en av de heftigste
fotografiene fra det tyvende århundret -
Men hva skal man si..

J.B
Hvil i fred.

10:57 p.m.  
Blogger HPL said...

Espen ... Vi liker å flisespikke, gjør vi?

1:18 p.m.  

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