Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll

Eigil continued to the grave of former country surgeon Napoleon Nolsøe. At one time, his dislike of the man had been so great that on New Year’s Eve, 1980 he had dishonored Nolsøe’s grave. He had been convinced that Napoleon Nolsøe was the prototypically devious Faroese nationalist; and that, because of him, nationalism’s cultural aspect in particular had become an epidemic.

If only he had kept his mouth shut about his grave defiling, nothing more would have happened!

However, in December, 1992, when Eigil was up for re- election on Tórshavn’s city council, his misdeed was aired by the newspaper Sosialurin. The man who had represented the Independence Party on the city council for four years was hung out as a gravepisser! The newspaper wrote that he had disgraced an honorable man’s grave in the same way as had the Nazis and anti-Semites when they painted or sprayed their slogans across Jewish graves. Or worse even: Whereas the anti-Semites’ paint came from cans and so could be considered impersonal, urine originated in a warm, autonomous body. With only the light from the bracket lamp in the hallway, when he stood and spoke into the floor length mirror, he had defended himself by saying that the action was inspired by the man of letters, Ole Jacobsen. In volume six of Fra Færørerne – Úr Føroyum , which the Danish- Faroese Society published in 1971, and which Ole Jacobsen edited, the


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