Salka Valka

Halldor Laxness, Philip Roughton

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Vintage Publishing

Published: 10th Feb '22


A BRAND NEW TRANSLATION OF LAXNESS’ TALE OF POVERTY AND GREEDSet at the start of the twentieth century in a fictional Icelandic fishing village, Salka Valka follows the struggles of a penniless woman, Sigurlina, and her daughter, Salka Valka.

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A new translation of Nobel Prize-winning author Halldor Laxness’s masterpieceLate one snowy midwinter night, in a remote Icelandic fishing village, a penniless woman arrives by boat. She comes with her daughter, the young but gutsy Salka Valka. The two must forge a life in this remote place, where everyone is at the mercy of a single wealthy merchant, and where everything revolves around fish. After her mother’s tragic death, Salka grows into a fiercely independent-minded adult – cutting off her hair, educating herself and becoming an advocate for the town’s working class. A coming-of-age story, a feminist tale, a lament for Iceland’s poor – this is the funny, tender, epic story of Salka Valka. ‘Laxness is a poet who writes to the edges of the pages, a visionary who allows us a plot’ Daily TelegraphTRANSLATED BY PHILIP ROUGHTON

Additional information

Weight 0.441 kg
Dimensions 33 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 560