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  • Published: 10 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784877606
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $29.99

Salka Valka




The author described Salka Valka as being about 'how a poor individual in a little village lives and dies with the trading company on the one hand and the Salvation Army on the other'

A BRAND NEW TRANSLATION OF LAXNESS' TALE OF POVERTY AND GREED

Set at the start of the twentieth century in a fictional Icelandic fishing village, Salka Valka follows the struggles of a penniless woman, Sigurlína, and her daughter, Salka Valka. They must eke out an existence in a small, isolated world where everyone is controlled by a single wealthy merchant, and where everything in life revolves around fish.

Follow Salka's development from a precocious child to a fiercely independent-minded adult. Her romantic spirit is challenged when she starts a relationship with a firebrand idealist, Arnaldur. His fights against the trading company for human rights reflect the contemporary clash of social ideals in Iceland.

  • Published: 10 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784877606
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Halldor Laxness

Halldór Laxness (Author)
Halldór Laxness (1908 - 98) was born near Reykjavik, Iceland. His first novel was published when he was seventeen. The undisputed master of contemporary Icelandic fiction and one of the outstanding novelists of the twentieth-century, he wrote more than sixty books. Laxness was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

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