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The Brahmadells:

A North Atlantic Chronicle (excerpt)

Jóanes Nielson

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

and essays.

He has been nominated

for the Nordic Literature Prize for the

fifth time with this novel.

The Brahmadells

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,

The Guardian

Translated from Faroese by Kerri Pierce.