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The present generation of writers in the Faroe Islands have increasdingly in the last decade chosen to write in Faroese rather than Danish. Burgeoning political independence has stimulated a vigourous intellectual and artistic confidence. Gunnar Hoydal's long considered fictional journey through time and space is an excellent and timely example of this expansiveness. The Faroe Islands and South America combine in this tale of cultural and personal discovery. The children of a former UN worker revisit as adults theplaces and people they remember from travels with their father round a continent on the far side of the world. In Gunnar Hoydal's masterly hands, chronology and geography are indeterminate: the repressive politics of the twentieth century shift focus to reveal the arrival of the conquistadores; the stories told by children scratching for food in the shanties of La Paz find echoes in the folk tales of the Faroes. Hoydal looks unblinkingly at the politics of international aid, but finds hints of hope in the integration of old and new, of folk remedies and modern medicine, of the cold north and the warm south.
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Book Description Mare's Nest Pub, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111899197656