Introducing our online book club
Join us as we read The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen, a bestseller in Norway and finalist for the Booker International Prize in 2017. We will meet virtually on Thursday, May 21 for a conversation about the book with Molly, Stephen, and Dan Wells of Biblioasis, who published the book in April.
This is what Stephen had to say about the novel for the Literary Hub's April "Books You Should Read" round-up:
"The Unseen is a novel of elemental force with the bearing of myth. It tells of love and loss and the struggle for existence on a rough-hewn island where simple joys flash in brief moments between endless travail. It is a masterpiece."
About The Unseen
Islanders are never afraid, if they were, they wouldn't be able to live here. Born on the Norwegian island that bears her name, Ingrid Barr y's world is circumscribed by storm-scoured rocks and the moods of the sea by which her family lives and dies. But her father dreams of building a quay that will end their isolation, and her mother longs for the island of her youth, and the country faces its own sea change: the advent of a modern world, and all its attendant unpredictability and violence. Brilliantly translated into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is a profoundly moving exploration of family, resilience, and fate.