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Title: Sealwoman's Gift, The
Authors: Magnusson, Sally
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 362
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: When pirates raid the Icelandic coast in 1627, 400 people are taken and sold into slavery in Algiers. Among their number are a pastor and his family, and it is through the experiences of Asta, the pastor's wife, that this dramatic event of dislocation and forced assimilation is brought to vivid life. Separated from her husband, and then her children, Asta survives her plight by consoling and cajoling those around her with the sagas and folk tales from home while being exposed to the storytelling traditions of her captors.

Compelling and memorable, this fascinating reimagining of a real event in Icelandic history, reflects impeccable research and attests to the power of storytelling in all its guises.


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This is a fascinating historical glimpse, told intelligently and with much insight into all its many and varied characters."

"The book is based on the Algerian raid of 1627 and includes the known history of this raid. It's interesting reading it from the perspective of a woman."

The contrast in living conditions of the 'Christian' Iceland and 'Moslem' Algiers is very interesting."

"I suspect the slave treatment in the book is a sanitised version of the real event."

"The author has breathed life into an historical context."

"Magnusson has written a highly readable story based on historical fact."
Categories: Fiction, 2020 Titles

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