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The Unseen

The Unseen

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

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ISBN 9780857053411
Published 30 August 2016 by Quercus Publishing Plc
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Jacobsen, Roy
Translated by Bartlett, Don
Translated by Shaw, Don

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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9780857053411
ISBN-10 0857053418
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Imprint MacLehose Press
Publication Date 30 August 2016
International Publication Date 25 August 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Jacobsen, Roy
Translated by Bartlett, Don
Translated by Shaw, Don
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 199mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 369g
Dewey Code 839.8238
Catalogue Code 670176

Description of this Book

Barroy Island off the North-western coast of Norway - a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. And their fears. There is a taint passed down the Barroy line, and Hans and Maria Barroy fear their daughter Ingrid may be affected. The early years of the twentieth century prove that Norway cannot stand apart from the wider world - no more than Barroy island can remain at a remove from the rest of Norway. Hans Barroy decides to build a quay so that his family can be properly connected to the mainland and with neighbouring islands. In time, Ingrid is sent to serve with one of the rich families on the coast, caring for their two children. But when tragedy strikes - twice in quick succession - she finds herself responsible not only for two newly orphaned children, but for Barroy Island itself. If they are to survive, she and the other young must learn how to tame this remote earthly paradise for themselves.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Man Booker International Prize 2017
NZ Review A modern masterpiece ... A central novel in Norwegian literature. Klassekampen. Roy Jacobsen at his very best ... A fantastic novel. Dagbladet. This is simply a beautiful and moving read ... A master's hand turning the small into the great. V.G.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Roy Jacobsen has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council's Literary Award: for Seierherrene in 1991, and Frost in 2003, and in 2009 he was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Award for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles.

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