Eyes of the Rigel

Category: Book
Translated By: Bartlett, Don
By (author): Jacobsen, Roy
Translated By: Shaw, Don
Series: The Barroy Chronicles
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Sagas
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: April 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.60in x 5.30in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

The highly anticipated third novel in a historical series that began with International Booker-shortlisted The Unseen

The long war is over, and Ingrid Barrøy, who we first met as a child herself in The Unseen, leaves the island that bears her name to search for the father of her daughter. Alexander, the Russian captive who survived the sinking of prisoner ship the Rigel and found himself in Ingrid's arms in White Shadow, attempted to cross the mountains to Sweden, and now Ingrid follows in his footsteps, carrying their child in her arms, the girl's dark eyes the only proof that she ever knew him. Along the way, Ingrid encounters collaborators and partisans, refugees and deserters, sinners and slaves in a country that still bears the scars of defeat and occupation-and before her journey's end, she'll be forced to ask herself how well she knows the man she is risking everything to find.

Review Quote*

Praise for White Shadow

"Richer, even more provocative ... The heroine of Roy Jacobsen's White Shadow knows every inch of her home turf, a tiny island off the coast of northern Norway that her people have inhabited for generations. To get a full sense of what it's like to subsist on Barrøy and how 35-year-old Ingrid comes to be living there alone, it helps to read The Unseen, the first volume in Jacobsen's trilogy, which has also been translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw. But even without that background, the novel's account of Ingrid's experience of World War II is unsettlingly easy to follow."-New York Times

"White Shadow retains many of The Unseen's pleasures, not least Jacobsen's clean, spare prose . . . a noble tribute to the human struggle for decency."-Daniel Marc Janes, Times Literary Supplement

"Disarmingly plainspoken narration brings into sharp relief both individuals and a world in wartime crisis."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A powerful read."-David Mills, Sunday Times

"The turbulent outside world laps at weathered, ancient shores in Jacobsen's stunning follow-up to The Unseen (one of the great unsung masterpieces of last year) ... In this elegant, sparse novel, every moment is laden with significance as its denizens teeter between brutal memory and resilient hope. This is a book to be savored."-Buzzfeed

Praise for The Unseen

"A profound interrogation of freedom and fate, as well as a fascinating portrait of a vanished time, written in prose as clear and washed clean as the world after a storm."-The Guardian

"The subtle translation, with its invented dialect, conveys a timeless, provincial voice . . . The Unseen is a blunt, brilliant book."-Financial Times

Biographical Note

Born in Oslo to a family that came from northern Norway, Roy Jacobsen has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council's Literary Award. He is the author of more than fifteen novels and is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Award for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles. Another novel, Child Wonder, won the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. The Unseen, the first of a series of novels about Ingrid and her family, was a phenomenal bestseller in Norway and was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, selected as a 2020 Indie Next pick in North America, and named a New York Times New and Noteworthy book. White Shadow, the second Barrøy novel, was published in North America by Biblioasis in 2021.