“These colorful stories show the range of imagination and artistic technique developed by the tiny population of the Faroe Islands. Isolated on their eighteen rocky isles in the storm-swept North Atlantic, these descendants of Norwegian Vikings have preserved a language closely related to Old Norse and literary traditions handed down by word of mouth since the days of the sagas [and] medieval popular ballads. But hundreds of years of close political affiliation with Denmark have also brought cultural cross currents from the Continent, one of the more important of which is the development of fiction, a relatively recent occurrence in the Faroes.
The stories in this volume deal largely with conditions in the early part of the twentieth century, when dramatic changes in the Faroese way of life were bringing a period of cultural hibernation to a close. The unsophisticated miniature world that forms the background intensifies the focus on human problems and human ways that are also common to the more sophisticated world at large. In addition, the ever-present, violently shifting Faroese nature, playing its eternal role of giver and taker of life, provides conflict, tension, and excitement and allows many eccentric characters to appear real and convincing.
Most of the authors represented here are new to the English -speaking public, but Heðin Brú and William Heinesen are already known to many readers.” (from flap copy)
- Title: Faroese Short Stories
- Author: Hedin Brønner
- Publisher: Twayne Publishers; The American-Scandinavian Foundation
- Place: New York
- Year: 1972
- Edition: First Edition
- Length: 267pp
- Dimensions: 5” x 8”
- Condition: Dustjacket in fair condition, mostly intact but quite brittle. Some pieces of the top and bottom of the dustjacket are missing, particularly around the spine. The blue plastic covered boards are in good condition. They are gently worn, but they are significantly discolored in green/yellow mottled pattern possibly caused by a chemical breakdown in the plastic (not mold or light damage). The shield of the Library of Scandinavian Literature is embossed on the front cover. The pages are generally clean—no tears or extraneous marks. Some pages have been folded, and there is some staining on the edges of the text block. A bookplate from 1979 has been affixed to the front pastedown.