A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian
writer's masterpiece. Siss and Unn are new friends ? so new that
they have spent only one whole evening in each other's company. But
so profound is that evening that when Unn inexplicably disappears
Siss's world is shattered. Siss's struggle with her fidelity to the
memory of her friend and Unn's fatal exploration of the strange,
terrifyingly beautiful frozen waterfall that is the Ice Palace are
described in prose of a lyrical economy that ranks among the most
memorable achievements of modern literature. Tarjei Vesaas is
regarded as one of the finest writers ever to have come out of
Scandinavia ? he is notable for having been nominated for the Nobel
Prize three times and has been considered one of the greatest prose
stylists never to have won. Nevertheless, his reputation is secure
and growing all the time. Peter Owen has long considered The Ice
Palace to be the greatest work ever to have come from his
publishing house, which boasts seven Nobel Prize winners on its
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