Carsten Jensen's debut novel has taken the world by storm.
Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, "We, the Drowned"
is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have
sailed the world's oceans aboard freight ships for centuries.
Spanning over a hundred years, from the mid-nineteenth century to
the end of the Second World War, and from the barren rocks of
Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest
bars in Tasmania, to the frozen coasts of northern Russia, "We, the
Drowned" spins a magnificent tale of love, war, and adventure, a
tale of the men who go to sea and the women they leave behind.
Ships are wrecked at sea and blown up during wars, they are
places of terror and violence, yet they continue to lure each
generation of Marstal men--fathers and sons--away. Strong,
resilient, women raise families alone and sometimes take history
into their own hands. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads,
prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating
tragedies, and miraculous survivals--everything that a town like
Marstal has actually experienced, and that makes "We, the Drowned"
an unforgettable novel, destined to take its place among the
greatest seafaring literature.
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