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The forgotten, global Ibsen

ANALYSIS: Henrik Ibsen claimed he did not have a drop of Norwegian blood over the years. After a full Ibsen year, his global background is still unknown.

[global-ibsen] "Life had made him more cosmopolitan in his mind. He spent his happiest years in Germany and Italy, and his international recognition of him made him bitter about the Fatherland's lack of understanding of him at the beginning of his career. "

This was the summary of Henrik Ibsen's life right after his death 23. May 1906. The words were recorded by none other than his private physician, Doctor Edvard Bull. He emphasized just how international Ibsen (1828-1906) had been throughout his life, as in the 27 years crucial year in the world from 1864 to 1891. Bull perceived that Ibsen, at his death, was opposed to Norway's new detachment from Sweden, that Ibsen would rather "have retained King Oscar and the Union".

100 years later, Ibsen's global background seems to have been forgotten in favor of more nationalists. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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