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The Invisible (excerpts)

Roy Jacobsen

Roy Jacobsen (b. Oslo, 1954) is a

novelist and short-story writer.

This novel,

De Usynlige

, is a #1

bestseller in Norway. It is the story of

Ingrid Barrøy and her family living

on a small island on the North-

Western coast of Norway, in the first

half of the 20th Century, when Norway consisted mostly of

farmers, some of them extremely poor. The family lives off

of their meagre land, they have livestock, they fish in the

sea and use whatever the waves wash ashore. A life

somewhere else is unthinkable for them – this is their

paradise on Earth.

De Usynlige

is based on a true story, inspired by people

Jacobsen knew in childhood.

Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw.