Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Mary (1779 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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Like The Heritage of the Kurts, this novel is firmly rooted in a sense of place, set in a tiny coastal settlement, whose name reflects the influence of Danish rule over Norway: “The original name of the place was Krokskogen. In the documents of the Danish government officials this was transformed into Krogskoven” (1). It is a place that seems to be especially favoured by nature: “the west wind cannot find its way in here . . . islands detail and chasten it before they allow it to pass” (2). Merchants of Dutch-Spanish origin married into the Norwegian peasant stock, producing a “vigorous . . . race” by the name of Krog (5). After the passing of several generations, two brothers pursue their …

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Mary". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 October 2016
[, accessed 17 October 2018.]

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