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William Heinesen (1900–1991)

Forfatter af De fortabte spillemænd

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As a young man in the Faroe Islands, William Heinesen thought of a profession in art or music. His early poetry from the 1920s---he writes in Danish rather than Faroese---demonstrates keen sensitivity to the powerful sensual contrasts of nature in the Atlantic islands. In the 1930s, his elegiac and vis mere ecstatic pantheism had a strong effect on readers' social awareness. Of novels from this period, Noatun (1938) has appeared in an English translation in Great Britain. In this novel, the reader meets the vital people of a Faroese settlement bravely surviving storms, sickness, and exploitation as they struggle to establish a noatun, or new town. The Faroese people's individualism and sharp beauty are Heinesen's subjects; his strong satire, humor, and imagination have made him one of Denmark's finest prose writers. The Lost Musicians (1950) and The Kingdom of the Earth (1952) share many of the same characters, created by Heinesen to depict fantastic events in Torshavn a generation or so ago. In Heinesen's rich fantasy is an expression of the antinaturalism and antirealism that also mark the writing of the Danes Isak Dinesen and Martin A. Hansen. It is not necessary to have even heard of the Faroes to enjoy the magic of William Heinesen. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: William Heinesen, Vil'iam Khainesen

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Værker af William Heinesen

De fortabte spillemænd (1950) 135 eksemplarer
Den sorte gryde (1949) 45 eksemplarer
Det gode håb (1964) 40 eksemplarer
Laterna Magica (1983) 37 eksemplarer
Moder syvstjerne (1952) 26 eksemplarer
Noatun (1942) 14 eksemplarer
Det fortryllede lys 11 eksemplarer
Fortællinger fra Thorshavn (1973) 7 eksemplarer
Arctis: Selected Poems, 1921-1972 (1980) 4 eksemplarer
Kur mod onde ånder 4 eksemplarer
Grylen og andre noveller (1978) 4 eksemplarer

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Det forbandede hus og andre sælsomme fortællinger — Forfatter, nogle udgaver3 eksemplarer
Flere gode glæder — Forfatter, nogle udgaver2 eksemplarer
Dansk lyrik, anden del — Forfatter, nogle udgaver2 eksemplarer
Danske Fortællinger, anden del — Forfatter, nogle udgaver1 eksemplar

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Short stories by a master. A bit uneven in quality but exceptional stories, wonderfully told. Life among the ordinary people in the Faroe Islands. The title is particularly apt: the magic lantern was a highly popular pastime in the 19th century, the forerunner in its way, of the slide projector. And each story is another slide. The stories are mostly about what makes people tick—and there are some extraordinary portraits here.
Gypsy_Boy | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 25, 2023 |
Heinesen’s characters are always vivid and well-sketched people. They are also always…quirky. To say the least. This book tells the story of a family of brothers in the Faroe Islands in the early 20th century. Although the primary focus lies in a battle for prohibition (of all alcohol) led by a somewhat cliched joyless, thoughtless, religious fanatic, the other story lines and tangents shine. I found the book was best not in its depiction of particular characters but rather in portraying the entire large cast of characters and their interrelationships.… (mere)
Gypsy_Boy | 3 andre anmeldelser | Aug 24, 2023 |
Hugljúft smásagnasafn eftir Heinesen, það síðasta sem var gefið út eftir hann. Allar sögurnar tengjast innbyrðis og lýsa lífinu í færeyskum bæ og lífi og samskiptum litríkra persóna þar. Persónurnar eru eftirminnilegar og sterkar persónulýsingar lífga þær í huga manns. Vel þess virði að lesa.
SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
Heinesen's last novel is an autobiographical look back from the perspective of old age at how a child experiences the process of discovering the world it lives in.

The narrator, Amaldus, in 1976, looks down from his metaphorical tower at the (chronological) end of his own world at the child-Amaldus living in the early years of the 20th century on a little rocky patch of land in the sea, a world that clearly stretches no further than the lighthouse at the tip of the island. But the years pass, he learns that there is a bigger world out there, places his father's ships sail to, and indeed that he is living on a round ball, spinning through space, that can project its shadow onto the Moon.

He is also, as children are, brought face to face with the realities of birth and death, with the inscrutable complexities of adult relationships, with the mysteries of religion, folklore, and witchcraft; with the complicated feelings he has for his friends, the clever and subversive girl Merrit and the would-be juvenile delinquent Hannibal, and so on.

But this isn't just an "end of innocence" novel, it's more complicated than that. Heinesen plays with biblical metaphors, weather-imagery, and all kinds of other structural and poetic devices, he brings his older narrator-self in and out of the story. And, as ever, there is a lot about the human need for beauty and the arts, and the damage that happens when that need is frustrated.

In the background to start with, but gradually taking over at the centre of the plot, there's another version of the story of The lost musicians, in this case driven by the ambition of Amaldus's hard, "practical", sea-captain/capitalist father to gain full control of the family business from his "feckless idiot" brother-in-law, Amaldus's uncle Hans. Hans prefers to spend his time drinking and making music with three close friends, when he isn't chasing girls or sailing his pleasure-yacht. Of course, there are tragic consequences to the father's intervention, but it's strange to see how strong the parallels are between the crazed Evangelical bank-manager in the earlier book and the ultra-sane, sceptical captain in this one.

Another lovely little book, and it makes me want to leap onto a ship and head for the North Atlantic!
… (mere)
thorold | Jan 23, 2021 |



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