Recensie: Onafhankelijke Mensen

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Auteur: Halldór Laxness
Titel: Onafhankelijke mensen
Genre: Literatuur, historische fictie
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 1934
ISBN: 9789044512779
Aantal pagina’s: 604
Gelezen: Juni 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Onafhankelijke mensen is een moderne IJslandse saga van ongewone kracht en schoonheid, waarin de bevolking van het noordelijke eiland wakker wordt geschud door de grootse beloftes van de twintigste eeuw.

Tegen de stroom in probeert de IJslandse schapenboer Bjart van het Zomerhuis zijn zelfstandigheid te handhaven. Na achttien jaar in dienst van een lokale rentmeester te hebben gewerkt, wil hij niets liever dan zijn eigen kudde schapen hoeden. Alles zet hij daarvoor op het spel, zelfs zijn eigen bestaan en dat van zijn naasten. Slechts één persoon ontziet hij: zijn stiefdochter Asta.

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DNF: The Little Book of the Hidden People

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Auteur: Alda Sigmundsdöttir
Titel: The little book of the Hidden People
Genre: Verhalenbundel, folklore, mythologie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9781970125047
Aantal pagina’s: 118
Gelezen: Juli 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Icelandic folklore is rife with tales of elves and hidden people that inhabited hills and rocks in the landscape. But what do those elf stories really tell us about the Iceland of old and the people who lived there? In this book, author Alda Sigmundsd�ttir presents twenty translated elf stories from Icelandic folklore, along with fascinating notes on the context from which they sprung.The international media has had a particular infatuation with the Icelanders’ elf belief, generally using it to propagate some kind of “kooky Icelanders” myth. Yet Iceland’s elf folklore, at its core, reflects the plight of a nation living in abject poverty on the edge of the inhabitable world, and its people’s heroic efforts to survive, physically, emotionally and spiritually. That is what the stories of the elves, or hidden people, are really about.In a country that was, at times, virtually uninhabitable, where poverty was endemic and death and grief a part of daily life, the Icelanders nurtured a belief in a world that existed parallel to their own. This was the world of the hidden people, which more often than not was a projection of the most fervent dreams and desires of the human population. The hidden people lived inside hillocks, cliffs or boulders, very close to the abodes of the humans. Their homes were furnished with fine, sumptuous objects. Their clothes were luxurious, their adornments beautiful. Their livestock was better and fatter, their sheep yielded more wool than regular sheep, their crops were more bounteous. They even had supernatural powers: they could make themselves visible or invisible at will, and they could see the future. To the Icelanders, stories of elves and hidden people are an integral part of the cultural and psychological fabric of their nation. They are a part of their identity, a reflection of the struggles, hopes, resilience and endurance of their people. All this and more is the subject of this book. 

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Recensie: Burial Rites

16122081Auteur: Hannah Kent
Titel: Burial Rites
Genre: Historische fictie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2013
ISBN: 9781447233169
Aantal pagina’s:
338
Gelezen:
Februari 2020
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Omslagtekst:
Charged with the brutal murder of two men, Agnes Magnusdóttir has been removed to her homeland’s farthest reaches, to an isolated farm in northern Iceland, to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family on the farm at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. As the winter months pass and Agnes’s death looms closer, the farmer’s wife and daughters learn there is another side to the sensational tale they’ve heard–but will their new knowledge be enough to save Agnes?

Hannah Kent makes real the saga of a doomed young woman who in the early nineteenth century became the last person to be publicly beheaded in Iceland. Rich with lyricism and startling in its revelations, Burial Rites evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place as it poses a heartbreaking question: How can one woman hope to endure when her life depends on the stories told by others? Lees verder

Showcase Sunday

DSC07017Hi there! Wow wat vliegt het weekend toch weer voorbij. We zijn alweer halverwege de zondag. I guess that’s what happens wanneer je jezelf in een boek verliest. Ik ben momenteel Night Circus aan het lezen en hij is erg moeilijk om weg te leggen! Maar ik wilde toch eventjes tijd vrijmaken om een showcase te schrijven en jullie de mooiste boeken te laten zien die ik sinds de kerstvakantie gekocht/geleend/gekregen heb…
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