The Thirty Years' War

The Thirty Years' War

by Henrik Tikkanen
     
 

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By turns ironic and uproarious, The Thirty Years' War is about a soldier who carried on World War II by himself, years after it officially ended. In satirizing war and the making of a war hero, the controversial Finland-Swedish writer Henrik Tikkanen gives many a nod to American culture and the American military. His comic novel, reminiscent of the

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By turns ironic and uproarious, The Thirty Years' War is about a soldier who carried on World War II by himself, years after it officially ended. In satirizing war and the making of a war hero, the controversial Finland-Swedish writer Henrik Tikkanen gives many a nod to American culture and the American military. His comic novel, reminiscent of the best writing of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., is now available in English, ten years after its original publication in Finland.

The twenty drawings are by Tikkanen, a noted artist and caricaturist as well as author. The Thirty Years' War was translated into English by George and Lone Thygesen Blecher, who were named Translators of the Year in 1984 by the American Library Association. The afterword is by George C. Schoolfield, chairman of the Department of Germanic Languages at Yale University, and an authority on Scandinavian literature.

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"[Tikkanen] was a master stylist . . . at his best he had a unique, instantly recognizable voice, a voice as courageously irreverent as Strindberg's or Henry Miller's."—Books from Finland
Library Journal
This satire on militarism and world politics, published in Finland ten years ago, is still timely. It is also hilariously funny. Viktor, an obedient and patriotic Finnish soldier forgotten in the Karelian wilderness after World War II, continues to defend his outpost for 30 years. He dismisses as enemy propaganda all attempts to inform him that the war has ended and that the Soviet Union and the United States are no longer allies. From Viktor's perspective, post-war developments seem unreal and absurd, allowing the author, an indomitable individualist, to strike out at foolishness both Left and Right. Tikkanen's prose is subtle, precise, ironic, and very powerful; the translation is a masterpiece. Highly recommended. Ulla Sweedler, Univ. of California, San Diego, Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803244153
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/01/1987
Series:
Modern Scandinavian Literature in Translation Series
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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