Independent People - Halldór Laxness, James Anderson Thompson (Translator) (1946 Alfred Knopf vintage hardback)

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Condition: Acceptable: Signs of wear and consistent use. Dark blue board with gold insignia on front and gold lettering on spine. Some wear and bump on spine ends and corners. Wear on very top edge of front board as well as a few spots that are lighter in color.. See images for the condition of this book.

Blurb: 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 simply a masterpiece

Awards: Premi Llibreter de narrativa Nominee (2005)

Series: (Sjálfstætt fólk #1-4)