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Peter Wessel Zapffe

1899 - 1990

Peter Wessel Zapffe

Peter Wessel Zapffe (December 18, 1899 – October 12, 1990) was a Norwegian metaphysician, author, lawyer and mountaineer. He is often noted for his philosophically pessimistic and fatalistic view of human existence—his system of philosophy in line with the work of the earlier philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, by whom he was inspired—as well as his firm advocacy of antinatalism. His thoughts regarding the error of human life are presented in the essay "The Last Messiah" (Norwegian: "Den sidste Messias", 1933). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Wessel Zapffe has received more than 192,543 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 2,931st most popular writer.

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Among WRITERS

Among writers, Peter Wessel Zapffe ranks 2,927 out of 4,883Before him are Mahasweta Devi, Kjell Askildsen, Abdullah Abdul Kadir, Hella Haasse, Johan Ludvig Heiberg, and Edith Pargeter. After him are Åsa Larsson, Massimo Bontempelli, Pascal Quignard, Johan Borgen, Leonid Leonov, and Étienne Jodelle.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1899, Peter Wessel Zapffe ranks 130Before him are Justas Paleckis, Aleksandr Deyneka, Qu Qiubai, Ramon Novarro, Silvestre Revueltas, and John Barbirolli. After him are Leonid Leonov, Jón Leifs, Domingo Tejera, Udham Singh, Francis Ponge, and Charles Best. Among people deceased in 1990, Peter Wessel Zapffe ranks 121Before him are Paco Godia, Patriarch Pimen I of Moscow, Aldo Fabrizi, Vasily Lazarev, Jorge Bolet, and Araken Patusca. After him are Zhang Qun, Irene Dunne, Feng Youlan, Terry-Thomas, Luigi Beccali, and Alberto Lleras Camargo.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Peter Wessel Zapffe ranks 187 out of 508Before him are Birger Ruud (1911), Gunnar Staalesen (1947), Gunnar Sønsteby (1918), Jon Ola Sand (1961), Johan Bojer (1872), and Kjell Askildsen (1929). After him are Johan Borgen (1902), Jørgen Løvland (1848), Dag Solstad (1941), Eva Joly (1943), Egil Olsen (1942), and Axel Thue (1863).

Among WRITERS In Norway

Among writers born in Norway, Peter Wessel Zapffe ranks 33Before him are Hans Aanrud (1863), Jon Fosse (1959), Hans Nielsen Hauge (null), Gunnar Staalesen (1947), Johan Bojer (1872), and Kjell Askildsen (1929). After him are Johan Borgen (1902), Dag Solstad (1941), Sigbjørn Obstfelder (1866), Karl Ove Knausgård (1968), Jens Bjørneboe (1920), and Per Petterson (1952).

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