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Biblioasis Winter 2020

By (author): Roy Jacobsen Translated by: Don Shaw Translated by: Don Bartlett
Roy Jacobsen ,

Translated by :

Don Shaw ,

Translated by :

Don Bartlett


Biblioasis - Windsor



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Apr 21, 2020
$22.95 CAD


7.6in x 5.3 x 0.56 in | 320 gr

Page Count:

272 pages
FICTION / Literary
Fiction: general and literary|Narrative theme: Coming of age

Shortlisted for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize • Shortlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award​ • "Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read."―Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

Born on the Norwegian island that bears her name, Ingrid Barrøy’s world is circumscribed by storm-scoured rocks and the moods of the sea by which her family lives and dies. But her father dreams of building a quay that will end their isolation, and her mother longs for the island of her youth, and the country faces its own sea change: the advent of a modern world, and all its unpredictability and violence. Brilliantly translated into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is the first book in the Barrøy Chronicles and a moving exploration of family, resilience, and fate.

Born in Oslo to a family that came from northern Norway, Roy Jacobsen has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Award. He is the author of more than fifteen novels and is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Award for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles. Another novel, Child Wonder, won the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. The Unseen, the first of a series of novels about Ingrid and her family, was a phenomenal bestseller in Norway and was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, selected as a 2020 Indie Next pick in North America, and named a New York Times New and Noteworthy book. White Shadow, the second Barrøy novel, was published in North America by Biblioasis in 2021.

  • Print run: 5000
  • Co-op available
  • Advance reader copies
  • North American TV & radio campaign: NPR Fresh Air, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered
  • National print campaign: Booklist, Foreword, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness; Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune, New Yorker, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post; The Atlantic, The Believer, Bookforum, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s, Los Angeles Review of Books, Cosmopolitan, Marie Clare, Ms., O Magazine, Time, Vogue
  • Online and social media campaign: pitch reviews and interviews to Book Riot, Brooklyn Rail, Bustle, Electric Literature, Flavorwire, Jezebel, Largehearted Boy, Lit Hub, New Yorker Book Bench, New York Review of Books, NPR.org, NPR Books, Quarterly Conversation, Slate, Salon, Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Giveaways through Edelweiss, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Outreach to translation media and booksellers.
  • E-book available same date as print edition, e-book ISBN included on press materials and websites and promoted via social media
  • Excerpts in Lit Hub, Electric Lit
  • Indie Next campaign

Praise for The Unseen

"Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read."—Irish Times

"A beautifully crafted novel . . . Quite simply a brilliant piece of work . . . Rendered beautifully into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is a towering achievement that would be a deserved Booker International winner."—New European

"A profound interrogation of freedom and fate, as well as a fascinating portrait of a vanished time, written in prose as clear and washed clean as the world after a storm.”—The Guardian

"The subtle translation, with its invented dialect, conveys a timeless, provincial voice . . . The Unseen is a blunt, brilliant book."—Financial Times

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