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The Unseen

By Roy Jacobsen and Don Shaw and Don Bartlett
The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen and Don Shaw and Don Bartlett digital book - Fable

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  • Print run: 5000
  • Co-op available
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    “This was a good book to finish on the eve of a new year. What better way to look ahead than to reflect on where you came from? And The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen is indeed a reflection on where I’ve come from, and not that long ago. I have an imagination, so I’ve often thought about what it must have been like for my maternal grandfather growing up on Sandøy, a small island on the West coast of Norway. My imagination tends towards the romantic but even I know it must have been brutal, a child on an outcropping of rock, a bastion against the lashing wind and rain and snow blowing in from the Atlantic, and a tall, tall rock in the churchyard with the names of every family member lost at sea. I’ve heard the stories, the ones so good they endure across generations and oceans. My favorite is where my Bestefar defenestrated the drunken, abusive schoolmaster for beating a younger boy. And I’ve been to the island several times always lulled into charming notions by the distant purple mountains, fragrant juniper bushes, and dinner with a different cousin every night. You can run the perimeter of Sanøy in about 15 minutes, there is a grocery store cum post office open a few spare hours a day, and last time I was there a flock of sheep still presided over one of the island’s gentlest slope. This is how I remember my time on the island, which must be so different than how my Bestefar recalled his childhood there, which he never spoke of, at least not to me. I will treasure this book because it is likely the best portrayal of what that time must have looked like, the endless toil of simple survival, worry expanding beyond the horizon, exhaustion deeper than the fishing grounds, and pulsing, insistent grief threading through every facet of island life.  ... "Nobody can leave an island. An island is a cosmos in Nobody nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass a beneath the snow. But occasionally someone tries."”

    About Roy Jacobsen

    Born in Oslo to a family that came from northern Norway, Roy Jacobsen has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Award. He is the author of more than fifteen novels and is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Award for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles. Another novel, Child Wonder, won the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. The Unseen, the first of a series of novels about Ingrid and her family, was a phenomenal bestseller in Norway and was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, selected as a 2020 Indie Next pick in North America, and named a New York Times New and Noteworthy book. White Shadow, the second Barrøy novel, was published in North America by Biblioasis in 2021.

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