A North Atlantic Chronicle (excerpt)
Jóanes Nielsen (b. 1953) is one of the
most popular authors in the Faroe
He has published three
novels, eight collections of poetry,
two plays and several short stories
He has been nominated
for the Nordic Literature Prize for the
fifth time with this novel.
is a history of two families on the Faroe
Islands from the middle of the 18th century through today.
“What makes Faroese so unique is that the population
speaking it is so small and the language has been
isolated for hundreds of years. Faroese is very close to
the Old Norse, so some ancient sounds are preserved in
the language just as others are in Icelandic. Every town
has its own dialect."
Durita Dahl Djurhuus,
Translated from Faroese by Kerri Pierce.