Geir Kjetsaa

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Geir Kjetsaa (2 June 1937, Oslo – 2 June 2008) was a Norwegian professor in Russian literary history at the University of Oslo, translator of Russian literature, and author of several biographies of classical Russian writers.[1]

He was born in Oslo, but grew up and died in Hornnes. He graduated as cand.philol. in 1963, took the dr.philos. degree in 1969, and was appointed professor in 1971. Kjetsaa was member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature.

A 1984 monograph by Kjetsaa and others demonstrated through statistical analyses that Mikhail Sholokhov was likely the true author of And Quiet Flows the Don - defending the famous Soviet writer against persistent allegations of plagiarizing.

In 2000 he received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award.[2]

Selected writings[edit]

  • Jevgenij Baratynskij: Liv og diktning (thesis, 1969)
  • A norm for the use of poetical language in the age of Puskin: A comparative analysis (1983)
  • The Authorship of The Quiet Don (1984)
  • Fjodor Dostojevskij, et dikterliv (biography, 1985) (Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A Writer's Life)
  • Nikolaj Gogol: Den gåtefulle dikteren (biography, 1990)
  • Maksim Gorkij: En dikterskjebne (biography, 1994)
  • Lev Tolstoj: Den russiske jords store dikter (biography, 1999)
  • Tsjekhov (biography, 2004)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Norwegian) "Professoren, livet og dikterne"Apollon (05.01.2005) (Retrieved on June 5, 2008)
  2. ^ "Priser – Fritt Ords Honnør" (in Norwegian). Fritt Ord. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  3. ^ (Norwegian) "Jahre-pris til Kjetsaa og Ambjørnsen"NRK Kultur (30.06.2004) (Retrieved on June 5, 2008)
  4. ^ (Norwegian) "Dekorert som Kommandør av Den Kgl. St. Olavs Orden"Fylkesmannen i Vest-Agder (21. november 2007 ) (Retrieved on June 5, 2008)
Awards
Preceded by
Erik Gunnes
Recipient of the Bastian Prize
1978
Succeeded by
Arne Dørumsgaard