Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll
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Editor's welcome

Welcome to

Trafika Europe

! You hold in your (virtual)

hands a new contribution in literary journal publishing –

some of the best new writing from across Europe, side by

side in English, available free online. What can such a

window say about Europe, both as a whole and in its

vibrant parts?

Our focus for this inaugural quarterly issue is Europe's

northern islands. More than half of the following pages

plumb Europe's exotic north – enchanting and brooding,

shrouded in sea and fog, with a history at once shared yet

slyly remote. We've collected new writing from northern

Scotland (including Gaelic and Scots), and from the Faroe

Islands, Iceland and northern Norway; these pieces are

marked with an asterisk (*) in the Table of Contents, which

by the way you can click on to flip directly to any pieces.

A notable aspect of what's being written today in northern

Europe comes in concurrences of mood and outlook,

reflecting these islands' overlapping geography, languages

and history. One highlight, from the tiny culture of the

Faroe Islands, is a healthy excerpt of Jóanes Nielson's

The

Brahmadells – A North Atlantic Chronicle

. This is the first

work from Faroese ever to receive a major international

publishing contract, so it is the most important news of

Faroese literature in our times. To celebrate its English