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An epic work of huge literary importance .
on 26 October 2017
Laxness is rightly regarded as a giant of Icelander literature and Independent People demonstrates why in it's wide-ranging lyrical prose full of resounding truths about the human conditions and the human experience that have changed little in the last century. From unrequited love, political unrest, misplaced trust, mere survival and the yearnings of those in poverty to retain their dignity. This is a beautiful and muscular novel that o highly recommend especially to any who have visited Iceland and can imagine and visualise the hardships people faced there before technological advances and the adaptations that then needed to be negotiated.