Type: Paperbook
Categories: Novels
Origin country: Faroe Islands
Making up: Sára Mikkelsen
ISBN: 978-99972-1-257-3
Pages: 388
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Sær - ein fuglabók av gloymsku (paperbook)

Carl Jóhan Jensen

Somewhere else or not somewhere else?

Growing up in Brekkugøta in Tórshavn mid-twentieth century in a confusion of spiritual and emotional contradictions, a young woman decides to find herself somewhere else.

Determined to be free and liberated of her roots, she leaves the Faroe Islands in the late fifties, and step by step she traverses two continents all the way down to the dark heart of Africa, the Congo.

Ten years later, in August 1968, in the shadow of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the woman is back in Tórshavn on an errand for a Danish magazine. She is to write about a man from her past, who, despite authorities claiming otherwise, may have been murdered onboard a long liner.

Tórshavn is covered in heavy fog, and during a long sleepless night at a hotel by Kongabrúgvin, the woman comes to terms with her past and the passing, and this has consequences for the future.

The novel Sær – ein fuglabók av gloymsku digs uncomfortably deep into accepted notions of Faroese identity.

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Jógvan Isaksen | 01-01-1970

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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