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The Will of the Unseen
Hans Lynge; Hans Lynge, illus.; Kirsten Thisted, afterword; Susan Stanley, trans.




International Polar Institute
2017 • 160 pp. 17 illus. 6 x 8 1/2"
Fiction - Contemporary Women / Historical Fiction / Arctic Studies

$20.00 Paperback, 978-0-9967480-2-5



The first English translation of a seminal Greenlandic novel

Two brothers learn their father was murdered by their stepfather. Upon learning this, they both depart on journeys of self discovery leading them to the extremes of traditional Greenlandic culture and, finally, transcendence.



HANS LYNGE was born in Nuuk, Greenland in 1906 and died in 1988. He was an author, dramatist, painter, politician, printmaker, and sculptor. Trained as a catechist, tuberculosis forced him to abandon his calling in 1931, beginning a new career as artist and author, while also becoming involved in the political forum. He participated in the delegation for negotiations with the Greenlandic Parliamentary Committee.

Hans Lynge’s writing claims its motifs from the ancient Inuit world and expresses a strong admiration for traditional indigenous life, but also the need for Greenland to modernize to the world around it. Emphasizing the importance of including the Greenlandic people in this process was his primary concern.
As a visual artist, Lynge also belongs to the country's finest. His work helped contribute to the formation of Greenlandic Folk Art.



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