Independent People by Halldor Laxness

Independent People is an epic novel by Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness, published in 1946. It deals with the struggle of poor Icelandic farmers in the early 20th century, only freed from debt bondage in the last generation, and surviving on an isolated croft in inhospitable countryside. The novel (and author) is considered among the main proponents of social realism in Icelandic fiction in the 1930s. It is an indictment of materialism, the cost of the independent spirit to relationships, and capitalism itself. This book, along with several other major novels, helped Laxness win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1955.

The 189th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 85th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  2. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  3. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  4. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Independent People: An Epic Hardcover 443497 $1.68
Independent People (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 65928 $10.99 2009
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Independent People : An Epic Hardcover 1581540 $0.64
Independent People (Panther) Paperback 3614363 $86.14 $5.15 2001
Independent people Paperback 16860073 $35.00 2007
Independent People Paperback 13363 $9.04 $0.01 1997
Independent People Audio CD 700060 $22.48 2017
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