- Author: Henrik Ibsen
- First Published: 1879
- Origin Country: Denmark
- Language: Norwegian
- Copyright: Public Domain
- Format: PDF
The Norwegian book Et dukkehjem translates as A Doll’s House in English and was published by Henrik Ibsen in 1879.
It’s a play that was performed a month before the book version was released at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.
Many feel that the book is an important feminist piece although the writer denies that this was his intention.
Reading the book you will find that it describes the life of a woman in Norway stuck in a life that is male-dominated and lacking in any real opportunities for women.
This idea that women were being denied the opportunity to guide their own destiny cause outrage at the time and threw fuel on the fire of feminism.
Et dukkehjem starts off at Christmas and shows the husband of the main character working in his study while the wife carries presents that she had been shopping for.
It shows the husband joking about how the wife had spent a lot of his money on presents for Christmas and shows the aspects of the female life that needs approval from male figures such as signing a check.
The play has been performed many times with some describing it as the most performed play ever – movie and TV show versions have been made during the 20th and 21st centuries.
You can view the PDF version of the Et dukkehjem (A Doll’s House) book for free by clicking the link below to go straight to the file.