The Young Icelander: The story of an immigrant in Nova Scotia and Manitoba by Johan Magnus BjarnasonThe Young Icelander: The story of an immigrant in Nova Scotia and Manitoba by Johan Magnus Bjarnason

The Young Icelander: The story of an immigrant in Nova Scotia and Manitoba

byJohan Magnus BjarnasonIntroduction byBirna Bjarnadottir

Paperback | November 10, 2009

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In Nova Scotia at the end of the 19th century, an Icelandic boy is stranded ashore with his grandparents on the province's Eastern Shore. This fictionalized memoir evokes the immigrant experience in the rural Maritimes, and then in the Icelandic settlements of Manitoba. Author Johann Magnus Bjarnason published this best-selling book in Icelandic, and it earned him a reputation as one of Iceland's leading writers of the early 20th century. For contemporary readers, his book provides an unusual vantage point on life in rural Nova Scotia and then in the Icelandic settlements in Manitoba more than a hundred years ago.

JOHAN MAGNUS BJARNASON came to Nova Scotia with a group of Icelanders in 1875. He later earned his living in Manitoba as a teacher and educator, but he was an active writer all his life producing (amongst other works) a novel and several plays as well as many shorter published works. Recognizing his achievements as a writer, the Parlia...
Title:The Young Icelander: The story of an immigrant in Nova Scotia and ManitobaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:November 10, 2009Publisher:Formac Publishing Company LimitedLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887808697

ISBN - 13:9780887808692

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"It is a pity that his work was not translated much earlier. Bjarnason has a keen observant eye, and the picture he draws of Nova Scotia in the last quarter of the 19th century is compelling. I know of no work in English other than The Clockmaker by Thomas Haliburton, published in the 1830s, that combines such accurate observation, such details of quotidian life and such a range of characters and events."