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Olav Duun

Duun, Olav (ōˈläv dōn) [key], 1876–1939, Norwegian novelist. He taught in public schools until 1927. His monumental series of six novels, The People of Juvik (1918–23, tr. 1930–35), is a saga of a Norwegian farm family. Later works, including Floodtide of Fate (1938, tr. 1960), depict the internal conflict of the individual against a background of impending social catastrophe. Most of his work was written in a rural Norwegian dialect.

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