Vonir : söguþáttur frá Vesturheimi / eftir Einar Hjörleifsson [i.e. E. H. Kvaran] [Transl: Hopes: Vignettes from the Western World]

Kvaran, Einar Gísli Hjörleifsson, 1859-1938

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Title: Vonir : söguþáttur frá Vesturheimi / eftir ...


PUBLISHER: Reykjavík : Bókaverzlun Sigf. Eymundssonar, 1890. DESCRIPTION: 72 p. ; 16 cm. Canadiana. DESCRIPTION: 72 p. ; 16 cm. Very Good+ in one-half black, pebbled leather and black pebbled paper-over-boards (hardcover). Subjects: A novel entirely set in Canada on a Canadian motif; Fiction; Icelandic-Candian Literature; Icelandic Literature/Íslenskar bókmenntir; stories/Smásögur . Vonir was one of the first Icelandic language novels written in North America (Winnipeg, Canada). The author (Kvaran) was a leading Icelandic novelist and critic who emigrated to Canada Canada in the 1880s, where he edited the pivotal Icelandic-Canadian newspaper Logberg, and he took a prominent role in Icelandic-Canadian community and political affairs; in 1891 he was selected President of the Icelandic Liberal Association of Manitoba. He returned to Iceland about 1895, after a ten year residency in Canada (Kristjanson). Stefan Einarson, in his History of Icelandic Prose Writers (Cornell University Press, p. 237) states that "Einar H. Kvaran, in America [read Canada] 1885-95 wrote his first masterpiece, Vonir (1890) in Winnipeg over a purely Icelandic-American [read Canadian] motif". Referenced in Hjartar, p. 57. Rare, early, and acclaimed item in the Icelandic-Canadian canon. Few in Libraries in Iceland; at time of cataloguing, one listing only on Amicus; not in Peel (3rd Ed.). Bookseller Inventory # 32374

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