The lost musicians

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Twayne, 1971 - Fiction - 364 pages
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This is a novel in the vein of George Mackay Brown's Greenvoe and others, giving a rich portrait of a place by following multiple characters and their overlapping lives. What kept this from working as ... Read full review


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About the author (1971)

As a young man in the Faroe Islands, William Heinesen thought of a profession in art or music. His early poetry from the 1920s---he writes in Danish rather than Faroese---demonstrates keen sensitivity to the powerful sensual contrasts of nature in the Atlantic islands. In the 1930s, his elegiac and ecstatic pantheism had a strong effect on readers' social awareness. Of novels from this period, Noatun (1938) has appeared in an English translation in Great Britain. In this novel, the reader meets the vital people of a Faroese settlement bravely surviving storms, sickness, and exploitation as they struggle to establish a noatun, or new town. The Faroese people's individualism and sharp beauty are Heinesen's subjects; his strong satire, humor, and imagination have made him one of Denmark's finest prose writers. The Lost Musicians (1950) and The Kingdom of the Earth (1952) share many of the same characters, created by Heinesen to depict fantastic events in Torshavn a generation or so ago. In Heinesen's rich fantasy is an expression of the antinaturalism and antirealism that also mark the writing of the Danes Isak Dinesen and Martin A. Hansen. It is not necessary to have even heard of the Faroes to enjoy the magic of William Heinesen.

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