The Eyes of Rigel is the third book in the Barrøy trilogy. A strong, epic novel about a country and a people after a great war.
In this moving story about a woman that does what everyone tells her not to, Ingrid Barrøy ventures out on a hazardous quest to find the young Russian Alexander, a man she had a love affair with and who is the father of her child.
‘Gripping road movie about a mother and child in search of a Russian refugee.’
‘(...) few authors other than Roy Jacobsen can weave together the local, the national and the global; the shadows of the past and our conflict-ridden world in the here and now.’
Stavanger Aftenblad 6/6
‘When we read The Eyes of Rigel (and the two other books), we hear the language of northern Norway. And it isn’t just in the dialogue either. The depictions of the environment transport you to that part of the country even when the reality is described in perfectly standard Norwegian. This is the work of a master. (…) Roy Jacobsen has done it again. It is melancholy, it is beautiful, it is funny and it is extremely good. If this is the end of Ingrid Barrøy’s story, then it’s a worthy ending.’
An unusually beautiful voyage
‘The third book in Roy Jacobsen’s novel cycle about Ingrid Barrøy is a beautiful, poetic and sometimes brutal story. (…) The whole of this great little novel is a vibrant portrayal of life after war, life after catastrophe, life after love. (…) Read it yourself, this extraordinarily beautiful voyage from sea to forest, inland and back, among people with internal and external scars, in a war for peace.’
‘Roy Jacobsen takes factual, known events as his starting point, then goes on to broaden the horizon, step by step, until we are left with truths about the human condition, mortality and vulnerability.’
Ingrid’s Wonderful Adventure
‘Jacobsen’s images of a society undergoing rapid development are as sharp and finely drawn as his glimpses of nature, forest, birdsong and the absence of the sea – in what also becomes a Wonderful Adventure of Ingrid Barrøy. (…) This book is a high point.’
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