Ανεξάρτητοι Άνθρωποι, Χαλντόρ Λάξνες

independent-peopleΈνας αγρότης στην αναζήτηση της απόλυτης προσωπικής ανεξαρτησίας, σε ένα επιβλητικό σκηνικό στην ισλανδική ύπαιθρο. Ο αγώνας και η θυσίες για την πραγματοποίηση του ονείρου. Ένας αγώνας σκληρός και συγκινητικός. Τα πρόβατα, η γη, η οικογένεια, ο πόλεμος, ο κόσμος, το σύμπαν…

Τεράστιο σε έκταση και σε βάθος, πρόκειται για ένα αριστούργημα.

«The Nobel Prize in Literature 1955 was awarded to Halldór Laxness ‘for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland’ «. – Nobelprize.org

«There are good books and there are great books and there may be a book that is something still more: it is the book of your life» – New York Review of Books

«A strange story, vibrant and alive. . . . There is a rare beauty in its telling, a beauty as surprising as the authentic strain of poetry that lies in the shoving, battering Icelander.» – Atlantic Monthly

«A saga that somehow contrives to recapture the broad, clear air of older Icelandic tales.» – The Observer

«[Laxness] gives a large picture of life under primitive conditions, [he] writes vividly, using irony with vigorous effect; amid the brutality and squalor there are rich moments of humor and poetry.» – The Spectator

«Marvellously fluent and unaffected… one of the most original and skilfully written novels of the 20th century» – Times Literary Supplement

«Do yourself a favour and read Independent People. Opening this book is like opening a chest of treasures. Reading this book is like taking the treasures out and appreciating them, savouring them, one by one, sentence by sentence. This is the kind of novel that reminds you how glad you are that you learned to read in the first place» – Chicago Tribune

«To read him is to discover an extra tastebud. He creates a world that belongs in another dimension, like the landscape of his country – familiar, strange, seen as in a dream… an endearing and unforgettable voice» – Daily Telegraph

«I love this book. It is an unfolding wonder of artistic vision and skill – one of the best books of the 20th century. I can’t imagine any greater delight than coming to Independent People for the first time» – Jane Smiley

«I find myself repeating to you the words of my late mother: You must read this! Perhaps the author Halldor Laxness will become one of your people, too.» – npr.org

«Reader rejoice! At last this funny, clever, sardonic and brilliant book is back in print. Independent People is one of my Top Ten Favourite Books of All Time.» – Annie Proulx

«There are good books and there are great books and there may be a book that is something still more: it is the book of your life. . . . My favorite book by a living novelist is Independent People.» – Brad Leithauser

«This beautiful and heartbreaking novel has haunted me ever since I was lent a rare copy years ago, and I am delighted that what is clearly a masterpiece by a relatively uncelebrated genius will now be available to a wide audience of book lovers. If there is any justice in the world, the name Laxness will soon become a household word, at least in those households where timeless works of the imagination are cherished.» – Joel Conarroe

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