William Heinesen Windswept Dawn

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Windswept Dawn

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Glyn Jones's translation captures the enthusiasm, charm and humour of a great writer's first novel. Windswept Dawn is a Faeroese Under the Milk Wood revealing the whole personality of a small closely knit community. William Heinesen brings to life a whole host of vivid, larger than life character from the sectarian preacher, Reinhold Vaag, the drunken, philosophising solicitor Morberg, the well-meaning voyeur Vitus, to the firebrand shopkeeper Landrus and the bizarre teacher Balduin who is intent on reaching spiritual perfection. We see the large cast of characters battling against the elements, the hostile sea and the rough terrain while the Lutherans and the Plymouth Brethren fight for their souls in a changing world. The main character in the novel is the Faroes Island themselves. William Heinesen is generally considered to be one of the greatest - if not the greatest -Scandinavian novelist of the twentieth century.

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William Heinesen (1900-1991) was born in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, the son of a Danish mother and Faroese father, and was equally at home in both languages. Although he spent most of his life in the Faroe Islands he chose to write in Danish as he felt it offered him greater inventive freedom. Although internationally known as a poet and a novelist he made his living as an artist. His paintings range from large-scale murals in public buildings, through oil to pen sketches, caricatures and collages.

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One the greatest Scandinavian novelists of the twentieth century, Heinesen (1900–1991) was a native of the Faroe Islands, in the North Atlantic halfway between Norway and Iceland. The Faroes, or, more precisely, Faroese life, are subject and plot, respectively, of this, his 1934 first novel, appearing finally in its first English translation. It would be more documentary than novel were it not for the keen psychological penetration of every character on whom Heinesen focuses in particular chapters and scenes. Among the principals are a Lutheran minister slipping into paranoiac delusions; a dour, suspicious, shrewd village shopkeeper; a woman innkeeper and majordomo-for-hire with a shrouded past; the philosophical and compassionate male teacher at a small island's school; a bad penny of an evangelical Adventist missionary; a meek, compulsively eavesdropping, middle-aged itinerant; and a thoughtful, wondering youth just awakening to the world. The story, such as it is, consists of what these people and others think and how they interact within the span of roughly one year. Lacking all melodrama, it is the purest realistic fiction imaginable. --Ray Olson

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