Three Men Return - Guðbergur Bergsson

Guđbergur Bergsson

Three men return by Guđbergur Bergsson

The novel takes place in Iceland on a very remote farm. The farm is the home of the grandmother, grandfather, the son, two daughters, who leave home as fast as possible only to return and give birth to two daughters and then leave them for the grandmother to take care of, and the boy - a cousin from a fishing village nearby. The novels time span is before World War II to modern times, and we follow  both the characters development and the way the society changes. It is a very well written  novel and a fine social satire. I enjoyed the story of an isolated farm developing into a modern tourist hotel, and the inhabitants fight against isolation and loneliness, subtly told.
The novel was nominated for the Nordic Counsel Literature Prize 2016, and certainly with good reason.