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Barbara, originally written in Danish, was the only novel by the Faroese author Jorgen-Franz Jacobsen (1900 - 1938), and yet it quickly achieved international best-seller status and is still one of the best-loved twentieth century classics in Danish and Faroese literature. On the face of it, Barbara is a straightforward historical novel in the mode of many a so-called 'romance'. It contains a story of passion in an exotic setting with overtones of semi-piracy; there is a powerful erotic element, an outsider who breaks up a marriage, and a built-in inevitability resulting from Barbara's own psychological make-up. She stands as one of the most complex female characters in modern Scandinavian literature: beautiful, passionate, innocent, devoted, amoral and uncomprehending of her own tragedy. Jorgen-Franz Jacobsen portrays her with a fascinated devotion.
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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 303g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1909408077
  • 9781909408074
  • 939,096

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