Aednan (inbunden)
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Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
448
Utgivningsdatum
2024-01-09
Förlag
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Översättare
Saskia Vogel
Dimensioner
232 x 140 x 29 mm
Vikt
690 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780593535455

Aednan

An Epic

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The winner of Sweden’s most prestigious literary award makes her American debut with an epic, multigenerational poem about two Sámi families and their quest to stay together across a century of migration, violence, and colonial trauma.

In Northern Sámi, the word “Aednan” means the land, the earth, and my mother. These are all crucial forces within the lives of the Indigenous families that animate this groundbreaking book: an astonishing verse novel that chronicles 100 years of change: a book that will one day stand alongside Halldór Laxness’s Independent People and Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter as an essential Scandinavian epic.

The tale begins in the 1910s, as Ristin and her family migrate their herd of reindeer to summer grounds. Along the way, forced to separate due to the newly formed border between Sweden, Ristin loses one of her sons to a deadly accident, a loss that will ripple across the rest of this book. In the wake of this tragedy, Ristin struggles to manage what’s left of her family and her community.

Jumping forward to the 1970s, Lise, as part of a new generation of Sámi grappling with questions of identity and inheritance, reflects on her traumatic childhood, when she was forced to leave her parents and placed in a “nomad school” to be stripped of the language of her ancestors. Finishing in the 2010s, we meet Lise’s daughter Sandra, an embodiment of Indigenous resilience, an activist fighting for reparations in a highly publicized land rights trial, in a time when the Sámi language is all but lost.

Weaving together the voices of half a dozen characters, from elders to young people unsure of their heritage, Axelsson has created a moving family saga around the consequences of colonial settlement. Ædnan is a powerful reminder of how durable language can be, even when it is borrowed, especially when it has to hold what no longer remains. “I was the weight/in the stone you brought/back from the coast/to place on/my grave,” one character says to another from beyond the grave. “I flew above the boat calling/to you all/There will be rain/there will be rain.”
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