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THE UNSEEN (Roy Jacobsen)

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By Roy Jacobsen, Don Shaw (Translator), Don Bartlett (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771963190
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Published: Biblioasis - April 21st, 2020

The Unseen will validate your belief in the power of stories to transport and transform us. With rich detail and simple yet exquisite prose, Jacobsen’s novel depicts life on a tiny Norwegian island inhabited by only one family—the Barrøys--who for centuries have made the island their home and the sea, their life.  The book opens with the christening of three-year-old Ingrid Barrøy and follows her into adulthood as she becomes a woman and mother, responsible for her family’s livelihood and continued survival on Barrøy Island. Jacobsen (along with his translators Don Bartlett and Don Shaw) makes you feel the intensity of the live and death struggle that the Barrøys confront in fulfilling their sea-bound legacy. On nearly every page are sentences so heartbreakingly beautiful that you will want to stop and read them again. The Unseen is a quiet, understated masterpiece.