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Edvard Munch: Prizes and praises. BOOK REVIEW: Norway cannot get enough Munch. It seems as though the world agrees. Another way of getting a few dollars out of the world’s most famous scream? Norwegian painter Edvard Munch has a cartoon. The idea seems strange, but the result is worth Steffen Kverneland using eight years to study Munch. Mr Kverneland, born 1963 in western Norway’s Haugesund, is the creator of ‘Munch’ as a cartoon. An illustrator and cartoonist, he has received two major prizes recently. His winning the ‘Bragepris’ (‘Brage Prize‘) is a sensational achievement, as he won in the ‘sakprosa’ (‘non-fiction’) class. The second is "Pondus-prisen", a prize of 100,000 Norwegian kroner (some 16,300 US dollars/11,970 euros/9,920 pounds sterling).

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Edvard Munch: Prizes and praises

Published on Friday, 3rd January, 2014 at 17:14 under the entertainment category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 3rd January 2014 at 17:29.

BOOK REVIEW: Norway cannot get enough Munch. It seems as though the world agrees.

Steffen Kverneland (L) and book cover
Steffen Kverneland (L) and book cover
Photo: No Comprendo Press


Another way of getting a few dollars out of the world’s most famous scream? Norwegian painter Edvard Munch has a cartoon. The idea seems strange, but the result is worth Steffen Kverneland using eight years to study Munch.

Mr Kverneland, born 1963 in western Norway’s Haugesund, is the creator of ‘Munch’ as a cartoon. An illustrator and cartoonist, he has received two major prizes recently. His winning the ‘Bragepris’ (‘Brage Prize‘) is a sensational achievement, as he won in the ‘sakprosa’ (‘non-fiction’) class. The second is "Pondus-prisen", a prize of 100,000 Norwegian kroner (some 16,300 US dollars/11,970 euros/9,920 pounds sterling).

Pondus’ is a Norwegian comic strip series created by Norwegian cartoonist Frode Øverli, and is translated into several languages. These include Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Icelandinc, Sami, and Swedish.

This is only the second time in the Brage Prize’s 21-year history it was given to a cartoonist, announced on the 150th anniversary of Munch’s death, 23 December 2013.

Justifying their decision, the jury highlighted Steffen Kverneland’s merciless and high-spirited cartoon versions of literary works, announcing it as one of the most ambitious projects in Norwegian comic book history.

"The biographical comic about Munch is one of the funniest and most playful ever-done about the artist,” said literary scholar Elin Kittelsen, recommending the book on NRK radio channel P2.Kverneland's series, a biography of Munch, is narrated exclusively through first-hand sources in the form of quotations. It is being translated to English, German and Dutch. Poet, translator, and author Jan Erik Vold (b. 1939) has called Kverneland a genius.

Readers and the jury highly-appreciate the sense of artistic experiments and surprising montage techniques in the book. It depicts Munch's relationship with colleagues, writers, critics, and - women. Munch left a vast collection of material: paintings, drawings, written documents such as letters and diaries that make it possible to interpret him and his work.

The book’s content works well for those who read about Munch for the first time. There are also exaggerations and pure irony, both in pictures and text, which may attract those who knows Munch’s paintings well.

Steffen Kverneland is bold in his interpretation of Edvard Munch and he uses quotes together with drawings, drawings that are ‘Munch-ish’ in themselves.

One of the quotes comes from a letter to his aunt Karen Bjølstad, explaining to her that something always comes in the way of earning money. Moreover, displaying Munch like a human being with normal hardships is also a way to praise him.

The book, ‘Munch’, by Steffen Kverneland, who has also previously won "Årets vakreste bøker" (‘this year’s most beautiful books’) is published by No Comprendo Press.

Article en français ici.




Published on Friday, 3rd January, 2014 at 17:14 under the entertainment category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 3rd January 2014 at 17:29.

This post has the following tags: edvardmunch, scream.





  
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