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Barbara, Paperback / softback Book


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Norvik Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781909408074

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