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Tsen är den vackra ön Barrøya som ligger vid HelgelandskustenHär bor Hans Barrøy 35 år hans hustru hans åldrande far och hans lilla­syster Maria som inte tycks duga mycket till Men det här är romanen om Ingrid som vi får följa från dagen hon döp Winter begins with a storm They call it the First Winter Storm There have been earlier storms in August and September for example bringing sudden and merciless changes to their livesThe First Winter Storm on the other hand is uite a different matter It is violent every single time and makes its entrance with a vengeance they have never experienced anything like it even though it happened last year This is the origin of the phrase in living memory they have simply forgotten how it was since they have no choice but to ride the storm the hell on earth as best they can and erase it from their memories as soon as possible The sight of her father is the worst Had Ingrid not known better she would have thought he was afraid and he never is Islanders are never afraid if they were they wouldn't be able to live here they would have to pack their goods and chattels and move and be like everyone else in the forest and valleys it would be a catastrophe islanders have a dark disposition they are beset not with fear but solemnity The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen is set in the first half of the 20th Century although there is little to date the novel on the fictional Barrøy island off the coast of Norway in the Helgelandskysten area It is a little under one kilometre from north to south and half a kilometre from east to west it has lots of crags and small grassy hollows and sells deep coves cut into its coast and there are long rugged headlands and three white beaches And even though on a normal day they can stand in the yard and keep an eye on the sheep they are not so easy to spot when they are lying down in he long grass the same goes for people even an island has its secretsThe fisherman cum farmer Hans Barrøy is the island's rightful owner and head of its sole family comprising his strong willed wife Maria born on a neighbouring island Hans's widowed father Martin no longer head of the family which he represents his much younger sister Barbro a hard worker but rather backwards and his young daughter Ingrid three when the novel opens but already troubling her father with wisdom beyond her years and who he anxiously watches for signs of the one child in a generation affliction from which he aunt suffers Tha laughs at ev'rythin' nu he says reflecting that she knows the difference between play and earnest she seldom cries doesn't disobey or show defiance is never ill and she learns what she needs to this disuiet he will have to drive from his mindLife on the island is elemental and hard Hans has to leave his family for several months each year to join a fishing boat in which he proudly has a full share of the proceeds as well as unbeknowest to his family drawing on bank loans in order to finance the costs of maintaining the island and in particular his own ambitious plans to extend their house and build a proper pier Much of the building material still comes from flotsam jetsam and driftwood Whatever is washed up on an island belongs to the finder and the islanders find a lot In those days there was no oil wealth funded Nordic model providing support to the islanders As the terrain is so open and exposed someone might well up with the bright idea of clothing the coast in evergreen spruce or pines for example and establish idealistic nurseries around Norway and start to ship out large uantities of tiny spruce trees donating them free of charge to the inhabitants of smaller and bigger islands alike while telling them that if you plant these trees on your land and let them grow succeeding generations will have fuel and timber too The wind will stop blowing the soil into the sea and both man and beast will enjoy shelter and peace where hitherto they had the wind in their hair day and night; but then the islands would no longer look like floating temples on the horizon they would resemble neglected wastelands of sedge grass and northern dock No no one would think of doing this of destroying a horizon The horizon is probably the most important resource they have out here the uivering optic nerve in a dream although they barely notice it let alone attempt to articulate its significance No nobody would even consider doing this until the country attains such wealth that it is in the process of going to wrack and ruinHans expects to live out his life on the island but Barbro wants to find a role in service on the mainland 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 in the original Ingen kan forlade en ø en ø er et kosmos i en nøddeskal med stjernerne sovende i græsset under sneen Concerned at her being mistreated and abused her first putative employer manages to refer to her as the imbecile three times as she shows them the room Hans's sister is to share with the other maid Hans keeps insisting Barbro returns to the island until she takes matters and the oars of the family boat into her own hands but even then she eventually finds her way back Hans Barrøy had three dreams he dreamed about a boat with a motor about a bigger island and a different life He mentioned the first two dreams readily and often and to all and sundry the last he never talked about not even to himselfMaria had three dreams too children a smaller island and a different life Unlike her husband she often thought about the last of these and her yearning grew and grew as the first two paled and witheredBut it is Ingrid still biologically a child who as the seasons turn and the cycle of life progresses has to take on the island and their dreamsThe novel has been translated by the deservedly renowed Don Bartlett translator of the excellent Karl Ove Knausgård Per Petterson and Lars Saabye Christensen as well as the best selling Jo Nesbø and Jostein Gaarder Although this as well as Jacobsen's previous novels and novels by Erlend Loe has been co translated by Don ShawThe translation generally lives up to Bartlett's very high standards although the attempt to render the dialect of the locals into English fell a little flat for me with lines such as My word hvur bitty it is A can scarce see th' housesand By Jove A can see th' rectory tooNorwegian literature is perhaps my favourite in Europe with authors such as Dag Solstad and Jan Kjærstad as well of course as Hamsun to add to the aforementioned Karl Ove Knausgård Per Petterson and Lars Saabye Christensen and this novel adds another name to that impressive listI would hope to see this on the MBI shortlist It is always the person who has been away who gains the greatest pleasure from knowing time stands still

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De usynligeS fram till tjugoårsåldern då hon blivit en stark och självständig ung kvinna Av sin mor får hon lära sig att sköta ett hushåll av sin far får hon lära sig vad det innebär att växa upp på en ö och vad naturen förväntar sig av människorna dä I was so lucky to get this book recommended to me by my friend Lina For a couple of too short hours I got immersed into the world of sea and cold silence and darkness but also light and lightness Rough seasons of weather people who don't talk much but feel a lot Nature animals birds Fish Show don't tell Islanders prisoners of their own island they can't imagine no other place for themselves as a home Everyone else is an intruder even the friendly ones I get that Gosh this was so beautiful Maybe even heartwarming surprisingly enough I just loved it If you've ever seen The Weather Diaries Orų dienoraščiai exhibition and enjoyed it this is a must read

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De usynlige doc ´ Hardcover read ´ johnscyclingdiary à ❰Reading❯ ➾ De usynlige Author Roy Jacobsen – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk I ett kargt klimat i ett nordnorskt kustområde utspelas Roy Jacobsens nya roman som blivit en makalös försäljningsframgång i hemlandet och av många hyllats soI ett kargt klimat i ett nordnorskt kustområde utspelas Roy Jacobsens nya roman som blivit en makalös försäljningsframgång i hemlandet och av många hyllats som hans bästa bok Det är en roman som baseras på verkliga händelser mellan 1913 1928 och pla Islanders are never afraid if they were they wouldn’t be able to live hereThis captivating tale is set on the tiny island of Barrøy off the coast of Norway around the beginning of the 20th century It is inhabited by one family Hans his wife Maria father Martin sister Barbro and his young daughter Ingrid The story tracks the adventures of this clan through the years as they struggle to make a living from their small provisions by way of fishing and farming There are unexpected births and deaths along the way and we follow Ingrid's journey from little girl to eventual ueen of the islandWhat struck me about the plight of the Barrøys is how the island shapes their whole existence It is their livelihood but it's also a kind of prison Life unfurls at a different pace to that of the mainland The family exist at the mercy of the weather glorious summers are always welcome but they also have to contend with the howling gales and tempestuous seas of winter She doesn’t like these storms the creaking of the house and the trumpet blasts from the chimney the whole universe in turmoil the wind that tears the breath out of her lungs when she goes to the barn with her mother that drives the moisture from her eyes and sweeps her into walls and bowed trees and forces the entire family to camp down in the kitchen and sitting room and even there they don’t get a wink of sleep Even though Barrøy marches to the beat of its own drum there is also pressure on the family to adapt if they want a better life for themselves Hans is an ambitious man but he is also a bit of a dreamer He has big plans to build a boatshed and a uay and to add an extension to the house Some of these ideas come to fruition others fail External change also threatens to upset the delicate balance of the island with important decisions to be made about joining a milk route and the construction of a lighthouse beacon The outside world is developing at a rapid pace and Barrøy cannot afford to be left too far behind The Unseen reminded me a little of A Whole Life another wise European novel about man's relationship to a landscape Like the main character of that book the Barrøys face up to all kinds of emotional and financial hardship with fortitude The are no major pyrotechnics in the plot just one family doing the best they can The prose is clear and sparse very matter of fact just like the Barrøys themselves But it is also sprinkled with moments of sheer beauty like a frozen sea that serves as the perfect ice rink or the moment Ingrid catches her reflection in a mirror for the first time It is a compelling and convincing portrait of a lost age a profound and moving story