by Roy Jacobsen, trans. Don Bartlett and Don Shaw
Pub Date 25 Aug 2016
Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017
'Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read.' IRISH TIMES
A group of children inherit an elemental paradise on earth in Roy Jacobsen's phenomenally bestselling new novel about love, poverty and tragedy in early twentieth century Norway
“Nobody can leave an island. An island is a cosmos in a nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass beneath the snow. But occasionally someone tries . . .”
Ingrid Barrøy is born on an island that bears her name - a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams.
Her father dreams of building a quay that will connect them
to the mainland, but closer ties to the wider world come at a price. Her mother
has her own dreams - more children, a smaller island, a different life - and
there is one question Ingrid must never ask her.
Island life is hard, a living scratched from the dirt or trawled from the sea, so when Ingrid comes of age, she is sent to the mainland to work for one of the wealthy families on the coast.
But Norway too is waking up to a wider world, a modern world that is capricious and can be cruel. Tragedy strikes, and Ingrid must fight to protect the home she thought she had left behind.
Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw
'Roy Jacobsen at his very best . . . A fantastic novel.' - Dagbladet
'A modern masterpiece . . . A central novel in Norwegian literature.' - Klassekampen
'This is simply a beautiful and moving read . . . A master's hand turning the small into the great.' - V.G.