Posts tagged ‘social realism’

Independent People

Review by Andrew Murray Scott

Originally published in two volumes in the decade preceding Iceland’s transition from home rule, granted by Denmark in 1874, to full independence in 1944, this book appeared two years after Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song and in the same year as Grey Granite and has a lot in common with themes and techniques familiar from the three volumes of the Scots Quair.

The author, Halldór Laxness, was a socialist and (at the time of writing Independent People) an admirer of the Soviet system, so this is an indictment and a vivid and accurate depiction of the struggles of rural peasants in early  20th-century Iceland. (more…)

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March 26, 2012 at 8:40 am Leave a comment


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