The Prophets of Eternal Fjord

The Prophets of Eternal Fjord

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The award-winning, internationally best-selling saga of a Greenlandic community torn apart by the forces of colonialism--appearing in English at last. Idealistic, misguided Morten Falck is a newly ordained priest sailing to Greenland in 1787 to convert the Inuit to the Danish church. A rugged outpost battered by unremittingly harsh winters, Sukkertoppen is simmering with the threat of dissent; natives from neighboring villages have unified to reject Danish rule and establish their own settlement atop Eternal Fjord. As Falck becomes involved with those in his care--his ambitious catechist, a lonely trader's wife, and a fatalistic widow he comes to love--his faith and reputation are compromised. The internationally acclaimed novelist Kim Leine charts the tragic events that connect these seemingly disparate lives, while illuminating the brutal and tender impulses of those seeking redemption and the shifting line between religion and mysticism. In the tradition of We, the Drowned, The Prophets of Eternal Fjord is rich in earthy detail and Dickensian pathos, a visceral panorama of a fragile colony caught in the throes of history. -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
ISBN: 9780871406712
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEINE
Characteristics: 562 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Aitken, Martin - Translator


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May 10, 2017

Without having read this novel, I am struck by apparent parallels in the plot to "Island of Wings" by Karin Altenberg (2011) which was set in the Hebrides. ??


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