Georg Johannesen was a Norwegian
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and professor of rhetoric
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He was born in Bergen
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. His dissertation was on the spring motif in the poetry
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of Olaf Bull
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. He drowned while on vacation in Egypt
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All his writing shows an interest in the power language
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has to enshroud true meaning. The language we use, forces upon us a sentimentality which clouds over real political insight and action, and Johannesen's most important task is to unveil language. Both his plays
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and his poems bear obvious inspiration from Bertolt Brecht
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. His essays show a certain fondness for paradox
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