Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Det Flager I Byeti og på Havnen [Flags are Flying in Town and Harbour] (2577 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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The original title of this novel was Flags are flying in Town and Harbour [translated by Cecil Fairfax, and published as The Heritage of the Kurts (1892)]. For Bjørnson and his Norwegian readers the figure of the flag was of great emotive and political significance. Despite the rhetoric of the 1815 Act of Union, which represented the country as “a free, independent, indivisible, and inalienable kingdom, united with Sweden under one king”, Norway was functioning as little more than an appendage to its more powerful neighbour. For many years, Bjørnson was highly vocal in political and journalistic spheres, arguing for the need for Norwegian independence, and the flag was a powerful symbol of …

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Det Flager I Byeti og på Havnen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 October 2016
[, accessed 12 December 2018.]

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