Independent People
Independent People
Halldor Laxness

This magnificent novel--which secured for its author the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature--is at last 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 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.

Title Independent People
Author Halldor Laxness
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 14 January 1997
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 512 p.
ISBN-10 0679767924
ISBN-13 9780679767923
Publication Date 14 January 1997
Main content page count 512
Weight 16 oz.

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