Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: På Guds Veje [In God's Way] (1524 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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This novel addresses questions of faith and dogma, exploring the narrow-minded and judgmental nature of the Lutheran code, particularly on matters of sexual propriety.


The first section traces the friendship between Edward Kallem and Ole Tuft. Edward and his sister Josephine live with their father, who, since the loss of his wife, has often “lost control of himself dealing with Edward” (44), but the boy is “a shameful tease” (45), often causing complaints from the neighbours. Ole Tuft, son of a now dead lay preacher, is an idealistic youth, who unbeknown to his peers, visits the sick with his Bible and his tracts, and dreams of mission work. Edward, like a “bird o…

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "På Guds Veje". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 October 2017
[, accessed 17 October 2018.]

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