“This stark, beautiful novel, translated from the Norwegian and perfectly pitched for the present moment, follows one family living in isolation on a small, windswept island.” — New York Times
Shortlisted for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize
Islanders are never afraid: if they were, they wouldn’t be able to live here. Born on the Norwegian island that bears her name, Ingrid Barrøy’s world is circumscribed by storm-scoured rocks and the moods of the sea by which her family lives and dies. But her father dreams of building a quay that will end their isolation, and her mother longs for the island of her youth, and the country faces its own sea change: the advent of a modern world, and all its attendant unpredictability and violence. Brilliantly translated into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is a profoundly moving exploration of family, resilience, and fate.
Available in trade paperback and ebook formats, The Unseen is also available as a hardcover printed in a limited edition of 300 copies, signed by the author. It’s available exclusively from Biblioasis.