Type: Paperbook
Categories: Novels
Origin country: Faroe Islands
Cover: Sámal Blak
Making up: Sonja Kjølbro
ISBN: 978-99972-1-058-6
Date of publication : 29. August 2014
Pages: 520
Cover: Heilbind

Eg síggi teg betur í myrkri - Forspæl til ein gleðileik (paperbook)

Carl Jóhan Jensen

Just before noon, on Saturday 26 August 1939, a few days before the onset of World War Two, the passenger ship s/s Lyra is on its way from Bergen to the Faroe Islands.

In a chair on the back deck, sits the Icelandic poet and adventurer Benedikt Einarsson and busies himself with death through an overdose of morphine. He has arrived at the point when his past takes its vengeance. Through his yielding consciousness memories crest in dreamlike shards, memories of a life lived in the currents between two ages, the nineteenth and twentieth century, a life dedicated to literature and a vision to lift his backward nation out of poverty and stagnation.

But Benedikt Einarson’s life is also a life that has always, yes, since conception, been marked by betrayal and a selective blindness to what is happening around him, the strong will of the time. By and by, the betrayals and the blindness become increasingly dark, its consequences tragic when at last, all their threads get tangled in the plans of high-ranking Nazis.
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About the author Carl Jóhan Jensen

was born in 1957. He holds a degree in linguistics and literature. Jensen is a poet, author, journalist and reviewer. He was one of the main contributors to Fregnir during its four years of publication and was known for his blunt reviews and pointed political commentary.

His novel Ó-søgur um djevulskap (Ó –Tales of Abominations) was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Price in 2007. The novel is translated into Norwegian and Swedish. It has been published in Norway, where it has received positive reviews.

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