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Salka Valka

Halldór Laxness 1902-1998 (author.). Roughton, Philip, (translator.).

Summary: "On a winter night, an eleven-year-old Salvör and her unmarried mother Sigurlína disembark at the remote, run-down fishing village of Óseyri, where life is "lived in fish and consists of fish." The two struggle to make their way amidst the rough, salt-worn men of the town. After Sigurlína's untimely death, Salvör pays for her funeral and walks home alone, precipitating her coming of age as a daring, strong-willed young woman who chops off her hair, earns her own wages, educates herself through political and philosophical texts, and soon becomes an advocate for the town's working class, organizing a local chapter of the seamen's union. A feminist coming-of-age tale, an elegy to the plight of the working class and the corrosive effects of social and economic inequality, and a poetic window into the arrival of modernity in a tiny industrial town, Salka Valka is a novel of epic proportions, living and breathing with its vibrant cast of characters, filled with tenderness, humor, and remarkable pathos"--

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  • ISBN: 9781953861245
  • ISBN: 1953861245
  • ISBN: 9781953861252
  • Physical Description: print
    626 pages ; 18 cm
  • Edition: First Archipelago Books edition.
  • Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2022.

Contents / Notes

General Note: First published by Útgefandi as Salka Valka, 1931-1932.
Subject: Fishing villages Iceland Fiction
Mothers and daughters Fiction
Social classes Iceland Fiction
Self-actualization (Psychology) in women Fiction
Villages de pêcheurs Islande Romans, nouvelles, etc
Mères et filles Romans, nouvelles, etc
Classes sociales Islande Romans, nouvelles, etc
Actualisation de soi chez la femme Romans, nouvelles, etc
Genre: novels.

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