Jonas

Jonas Jens Bj rneboe was born in Kristiansaand Norway in says he was a bad pupil and ran away to sea With this unpromising start Mr Bj rneboe was able by his second novel a study of collaboration

Jens Bj rneboe was born in Kristiansaand, Norway in 1920, says he was a bad pupil and ran away to sea With this unpromising start, Mr Bj rneboe was able, by his second novel, a study of collaboration in wartime Norway, to make himself even less popular in his home country With the publication of The Least of These, called by Sigurd Hoel, the most important Norwegian novJens Bj rneboe was born in Kristiansaand, Norway in 1920, says he was a bad pupil and ran away to sea With this unpromising start, Mr Bj rneboe was able, by his second novel, a study of collaboration in wartime Norway, to make himself even less popular in his home country With the publication of The Least of These, called by Sigurd Hoel, the most important Norwegian novel since the war , the author completed the process of making himself persona non grata in the Scandinavian countries The Least of These has been printed in six languages, and although he enjoys a considerable reputation as a poet, Mr Bj rneboe s book has been roundly condemned by educators wherever it has appeared The fate of the little boy, Jonas, crushed by the enforced conformity of his education, is not, the author says, the central theme of the novel All the important persons in this novel are different variations of Jonas all of them are Jonases The theme of the book is not the boy Jonas, but the being a Jonas.

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  1. Jens Ingvald Bj rneboe was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned a number of literary formats He was also a painter and a waldorf school teacher Bj rneboe was a harsh and eloquent critic of Norwegian society and Western civilization on the whole He led a turbulent life and his uncompromising humanity would cost him both an obscenity conviction as well as long periods of heavy drinking and bouts of depression, which in the end led to his suicide.Jens Bj rneboe s first published work was Poems Dikt in 1951 He is widely considered to be one of Norway s most important post war authors Bj rneboe identified himself, among other self definitions, as an anarcho nihilist.During the Norwegian language struggle, Bj rneboe was a notable proponent of the Riksm l language, together with his equally famous cousin Andr Bjerke.Jens Bj rneboe was born in 1920, in Kristiansand to Ingvald and Anna Marie Bj rneboe He grew up in a wealthy family, his father a shipping magnate and a consul for Belgium The Bj rneboe family originally immigrated from Germany in the 17th century and later adopted their Norwegian name Coming from a long line of marine officers, Bj rneboe also went to sea as a young man.Bj rneboe had a troubled childhood with sickness and depressions He was bedbound for several years following severe pneumonia At thirteen he attempted suicide by hanging himself He began drinking when he was twelve, and he would often consume large amounts of wine when his parents were away It is also rud that he drank his father s aftershave on several occasions.In 1943 Bj rneboe fled to Sweden to avoid forced labor under the Nazi occupation During this exile, he met the German Jewish painter Lisel Funk, who later became his first wife Lisel Funk introduced him to many aspects of German culture, especially German literature and the arts.Bj rneboe s early work was poetry, and his first book was Poems Dikt, 1951 , consisting mainly of deeply religious poetry.Bj rneboe wrote a number of socially critical novels Among those were Ere the Cock Crows F r Hanen Galer, 1952 , Jonas 1955 and The Evil Shepherd Den Onde Hyrde, 1960 Ere the Cock Crows is a critique of what Bj rneboe saw as the harsh treatment, after the Second World War, of people suspected of having associated in any way with the Nazis among them the Norwegian writer and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Knut Hamsun Jonas deals with injustices and shortcomings of the school system and The Evil Shepherd with the Norwegian prison system.His most significant work is generally considered to be the trilogy The History of Bestiality, consisting of the novels Moment of Freedom Frihetens yeblikk, 1966 , Powderhouse Krutt rnet, 1969 and The Silence Stillheten, 1973.Bj rneboe also wrote a number of plays, among them The Bird Lovers Fugleelskerne, 1966 , Semmelweis 1968 and Amputation Amputasjon, 1970 , a collaboration with Eugenio Barba and the Danish theatre ensemble Odin Teatret.In 1967, he was convicted for publishing a novel deemed pornographic, Without a Stitch Uten en tr d, 1966 , which was confiscated and banned in Norway The trial, however, made the book a huge success in foreign editions, and Bj rneboe s financial problems were for a period solved.His last major work was the novel The Sharks Haiene, 1974.After having struggled with depression and alcoholism for a long time, he committed suicide by hanging on May 9, 1976 2 In his obituary in Aftenposten, Bj rneboe s life and legacy were described as follows For 25 years Jens Bj rneboe was a center of unrest in Norwegian cultural life Passionately concerned with contemporary problems in nearly all their aspects, controversial and with the courage to be so, with a conscious will to carry things to extremes He was not to be pigeonholed.

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  1. All in all you re just another brick in the WallJonas saw the light of day in 1955 and is apparently Jens Bj rneboe s declaration of war on the Norwegian school system in book form The novel hit like a bomb At least as far as the elites of the Norwegian education system are concerned A long lasting dispute developed in the respective gazettes, in which the author wisely didn t participate One positive response he got was in a telephone call when an unfamiliar child s voice asked Is this Bj rnebo [...]


  2. Jens Bj rneboe born October 9, 1920 is widely considered to be one of Norway s most important post war authors He was also a painter and a school teacher He led a turbulent life and his uncompromising humanity and criticism of contemporary society would cost him an obscenity conviction for Without a Stitch, 1966 as well as long periods of heavy drinking and bouts of depression, which in the end led to his suicide in 1976.This novel was published in 1955 and is called simply Jonas in the original [...]


  3. There is little chance to improve on what has already been said about this book You either believe in service to others or you do not You either believe in the worth of the least of these or you do not Too much has already been shown in our current state of the world that suggests we have perhaps fallen too far from the tree of knowledge and instead resort now to merely accumulating wealth and comfort for ourselves to the extent of damnation for the rest of humanity Our current leaders are a cl [...]


  4. This is Bjorneboe s masterpiece as good as Moment of Freedom was, this blows it away Absolutely essential I can t fathom any rating under a 5.


  5. Denne m man lese Kanskje jeg ville gitt 4 stjerner, men jeg leste den s intenst og jeg ble s revet med at N sier hjertet mitt 5 stjerner Elsker hvordan Bj rneboe f r inn s mange HISTORISKE fortellinger, samt f r vi ulike personers historier fortalt deres bakgrunn og utgangspunkt, og deilig hvordan alle tr dene knyttes sammen De onde, Salamanderene skildrer han p en m te slik at man avskyr dem, mens de gode de vinner virkelig min sympati og kj rleik Les den


  6. Bj rneboe er sjefOg dette er i bunn og grunn en vakker bokTragisk men vakkerJonas er unggutt, en som de fleste kan identifisere seg med Jonas sliter Boken beskriver kampen mot utsiden, ondskapen, de som mobber, l rerne, skole systemet, salamanderne, uvitenhet Men den beskriver ogs den innvendige kampen Det hele kulminerer n r Jonas tar med seg en kniv p skolen Han har f tt nok.Selvf lgelig, s skinner Bj rneboes politiske st sted gjennom i historien, sosialismen, godheten, medmenneskeligheten Men [...]



  7. Elevene blir gjennom mange lange skole r oppdradd til forst at hva det gjelder her i livet, det er komme ovenp de andre Bare karakterer gir adgang til stilling og inntekter Stilling og inntekter er menneskets m l og fra barna begynner p skolen syv r gamle, er det dette de l rer arbeide for Kom opp din nabo Bli flinkere enn dine venner Triumf, skadefryd, gr dighet er midlene Stilling og inntekter skal man leve for fra man ennu har munnen full av melketenner Og heng i for det haster Ved hver eksam [...]


  8. This is an amazing book Okey, jeg skriver dette p norskDenne fantastiske kritikken p det norske skolesystemet er sett ut i fra et sosialistisk synspunkt og det passer meg perfekt Bj rneboe skriver like komplekse karakterer som vanlig, der ingenm er fullstendig god eller ond Alle har feil, selv om noen er v rre enn de andre Det er ingen god ending, det er bare en slutt Men, joda, anbefales.


  9. One of the best books I have read in my life I was fascinated by the first page Story, style, characters and their stories it s totally amazing




  10. Salamander referansen til Bj rneboefra boka Salamanderjakten av Karil Kapeck gj r at jeg f r lyst til lese den boken i tillegg for forst Bj rneboes symbolske referanser i st rre grad enn jeg gjorde Jonas er en skikkelse som jeg tidlig i boka fikk en medf lelse for, kanskje fordi jeg ser meg selv som liten Skolevesenet blir hardt kritisert, noe som i etter jeg hadde lest boka fikk et annet syn p den offentlige skolen F r jeg hadde lest boka hadde jeg et sosialistisk syn p skolen, noe liknende en [...]




  11. I read this at age 13, and I doubt I understood it properly I will have to read it again to give a real review.


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