Poverty rules in the Finn Forest. People are leaving for Christiania or even America, and many of the smallholdings are abandoned. But this book, fourth in the critically acclaimed series about the Finn Forest community, also offers hope. Noppi-Mattis is still using magic runes to protect against the threat of bad times to come; Lina and Taneli's youngest daughter Martha has promised her parents that Mostamägg will never stand empty.
‘A monument to Finnskogen. ... Everything is described in superb language, the characters come across as vivid and true-to-life and the descriptions of nature are brilliant. The author’s awareness of the interactions between plants, people and animals is impressive. Historical novel series will never get better than this.’
‘Magnificent! ... This is literature on the grand scale, also by international standards. ... It’s the best! ... It is like intoxication but one that you want to last and last.’
‘Warm and intense ... Britt Karin Larsen impresses with the skill with which she sustains both the intensity and the huge scope of her Finnskogen novels. ... She continues to produce superlative novels.’
‘Britt Karin Larsen has now written the fourth novel in the series about the people in Finnskogen, and she has yet again done it with complete engagement and deep insight, in audacious narrative passages that deal with brutal fate as well as with her magical, mystical sense of liaison with nature.’
DAG OG TID
‘The author combines extensive knowledge, understanding and also skill in the art of storytelling. The novels about Finnskogen by Britt Karin Larsen are among the most powerful and dramatic tales that contemporary literature has to offer.’
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