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The sealwoman's gift, Sally Magnusson

Label
The sealwoman's gift
Title
The sealwoman's gift
Statement of responsibility
Sally Magnusson
Title variation
Seal woman's gift
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent. In this brilliant reimagining, Sally Magnusson gives a voice to Ásta, the pastor's wife. Enslaved in an alien Arab culture Ásta meets the loss of both her freedom and her children with the one thing she has brought from home: the stories in her head. Steeped in the sagas and folk tales of her northern homeland, she finds herself experiencing not just the separations and agonies of captivity, but the reassessments that come in any age when intelligent eyes are opened to other lives, other cultures and other kinds of loving. The Sealwoman's Gift is about the eternal power of storytelling to help us survive. The novel is full of stories - Icelandic ones told to fend off a slave-owner's advances, Arabian ones to help an old man die. And there are others, too: the stories we tell ourselves to protect our minds from what cannot otherwise be borne, the stories we need to make us happy
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10680647
Cataloging source
APLS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Magnusson, Sally
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Folklore
  • Grief
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Kidnapping victims
  • Slavery
  • Women slaves
  • Icelanders
  • Women
  • Storytelling
  • Iceland
Target audience
adult
Label
The sealwoman's gift, Sally Magnusson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000061509255
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 360 pages
Isbn
9781473638969
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)990694279
Label
The sealwoman's gift, Sally Magnusson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000061509255
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 360 pages
Isbn
9781473638969
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)990694279

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