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Aleksis Kivi


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Aug. 16 2005
Along with The Kalevala, Aleksis Kivi's Seven Brothers is Finland's most celebrated literary treasure. It remains the greatest Finnish novel of all time, and is a classic among the classics in Finnish literature. 280 pages ISBN 0-9737165-2-5

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  • Perfect Paperback
  • Publisher: Aspasia Books (Aug. 16 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973716525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973716528
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,014,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Translation July 23 2006
By Michael Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This rollicking translation of Kivi's "Seven Brothers" by Richard Impola finally makes this masterpiece of Finnish literature accessible to English readers. Impola manages to capture both the epic grandeur and humor of the Finnish text, and faithfully preserves the character of each vignette or escapade in which the brothers find themselves. This reviewer feels that Impola does a better job than the previous translator, Alex Mason, whose stilted prose is something of a barrier to the modern reader.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book defines Finnish character Jan. 29 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this classic in the original Finnish. I love the stories told by Aapo. Kivi uses great description throughout the novel to help the reader feel as if he is there.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Aspasia Book's blurb on Seven Brothers... Aug. 6 2008
By Kiwi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Along with The Kalevala, Aleksis Kivi's Seven Brothers is Finland's most celebrated literary treasure. The crowning accomplishment of Finland's first literary genius, Seven Brothers remains "the greatest Finnish novel of all time", the classic among the classics in Finnish literature.

Published in 1870, in the author's 36th year and two years before his untimely death, Seven Brothers laid the foundation for what Kai Laitinen later called "The Great Tradition in Finnish Prose". This tradition is characterized by realism, humor, respect for the common people, and depiction of nature as both friend and foe.

Received at the time of publication by uncomprehending arbiters of literary taste, who still delighted in romantic approaches to literature, Seven Brothers fared poorly in early reviews. Posterity, however, has resurrected the reputation of Aleksis Kivi, and critics, scholars, and readers at large continue to praise the virtues of this trail-blazing, exceedingly rich novel.

Richard Impola's superb English translation captures the brothers' rustic milieu and the exceptional dynamics of Kivi's creative style and artistic conception.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book about finnish men March 25 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is totally fantastic! And that's all I can say ! Read the rest, you-ll see what I mean !

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