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Independent People (1935) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Although it is set in the early twentieth century, Independent People 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

Original title: Sjįlfstętt Fólk
Original languages: Icelandic


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRural & Small Town Life

Edition #1: Independent People

Independent People (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: J. A. Thompson
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Manifested in:

Independent People (January 14, 1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 9780679767923
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.6 x 1.1
Pages: 512

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