Bojer, Johan

Bojer, Johan

Bojer, Johan (yōˈhän boiˈər), 1872–1959, Norwegian writer. Bojer's novels of contemporary Norwegian life treat social issues from a classical liberal viewpoint. The Power of a Lie (1903, tr. 1908) and The Great Hunger (1916, tr. 1918) illustrate his humanistic philosophy. The greater depth of The Last of the Vikings (1921, tr. 1923) and Folk by the Sea (1929, tr. 1931) won critical acclaim in Norway. Bojer's later novels include The King's Men (1938, tr. 1940) and Skyld (1948).


See study by C. Gad (1974).

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Bojer, Johan


Born Mar. 6,1872, in Orkdal, near Trondheim; died July 3, 1959, in Asker. Norwegian writer.

Bojer’s first work was published in 1893. In the realistic novels A Procession (1896) and The Eternal War (1899), Bojer satirically portrayed the bourgeois democracy of Norway. He was also the author of the psychological novels The Power of a Lie (1903), Our Kingdom (1908), and The Great Hunger (1916). In the novels The Last Viking (1921) and The Everlasting Struggle (1929), Bojer depicts the life of Norwegian sailors.


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In Russian translation:
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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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