“You might be interested to know that Peer Gynt was a real person. He lived in Gudbrandsdal, probably at the end of the last or the beginning of this century,” wrote Ibsen to his publisher in 1867.
If Peer Gynt did indeed exist, he must have been full of contradictions, either a liar or a fantasist. He challenged life head-on or shrank from it, attempted the impossible or avoided everything, defied reality or tried to run away from it, chased fortune or was a slave to wishful thinking, travelled to the ends of the earth or wandered around locations that he could see only in his mind’s eye, searched for himself or for an escape, was “enough to himself”, so that he would go down in history, or remained a simple, humble “button”, like most people.
Ibsen’s masterpiece, inspired by Norwegian fairy-tales and legends, is a romantic work that manages at the same time to be absolutely modern, about a blind Odyssey of the West, about dreams and the path to their realisation. Or perhaps their
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