This magnificent novel—which secured for its author the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature—is at least available to contemporary American readers. Although it is set in the early twentieth century, it recalls both Iceland's medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter.... show more
This magnificent novel—which secured for its author the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature—is at least available to contemporary American readers. Although it is set in the early twentieth century, it recalls both Iceland's medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter. And if Bjartur of Summerhouses, the book's protagonist, is an ordinary sheep farmer, his flinty determination to achieve independence is genuinely heroic and, at the same time, terrifying and bleakly comic.Having spent eighteen years in humiliating servitude, Bjartur wants nothing more than to raise his flocks unbeholden to any man. But Bjartur's spirited daughter wants to live unbeholden to him. What ensues is a battle of wills that is by turns harsh and touching, elemental in its emotional intensity and intimate in its homely detail. Vast in scope and deeply rewarding, Independent People is a masterpiece.
Publish date: January 14th 1997
Pages no: 482
Edition language: English
An astonishing novel, about the brutal realities of rural life in an isolated croft in northern Iceland during the 1930s. For this (and other work) the author won the Nobel Prize. Completely unsentimental and devastatingly harsh, it is nonetheless full of humo -- A sort of Icelandic Beckett, if yo...
The blurp says: This magnificent novel—which secured for its author the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature—is at last available to contemporary American readers.My guess is that the translation into modern English spoilt it for me. I could not keep going since the story line was rather straight but the ...
Written as a pair with PericlesReading Smiley on the back cover of this book:‘I can’t imagine any greater delight than coming to Independent People for the first time’ Really? I mean, REALLY????? Better than sex? Chocolate icecream??? What sort of life has Smiley lived that makes her say that. I co...
No me parece que este sea un libro para todos. Es pesado y un poco largo, a veces parece nunca terminar. Pero al mismo tiempo tiene una buena historia con personajes magníficos y detalles que te hacen comprender realmente que es lo que les sucede y de esa manera involucrarte en su historia. Todo env...
Translated from the Icelandic by J A ThompsonIntroduction by Brad LeithauserOpening: In early times, say the Icelandic chronicles, men from the Western Isles came to live in the country, and when they departed, left behind them crosses, bells, and other objects used in the practice of sorcery.Miff-o...
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