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By Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon

Iceland appears to be like to many a rustic shrouded in secret and legend, and marked through contradiction: part of Europe, and but separated from it through the Atlantic Ocean; possible inhospitable, and but domestic to greater than 300,000 souls.Wasteland with phrases explores the evolution and transformation of Icelandic society and tradition, investigating the literary and historic components that created the wealthy cultural background loved through Icelanders this day. Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon offers a wide-ranging and distinct research of the island’s historical past, studying how a nineteenth-century financial system in response to the industries of fishing and agriculture – one of many poorest in Europe – turned a disproportionately huge financial energy within the overdue 20th century, whereas preserving its powerful experience of cultural id. the hot fiscal and political cave in of the rustic is usually assessed, within the mild of the historic improvement of the island. With a spotlight at the lives of person Icelanders all through, the e-book seeks to chart the great adjustments during this country’s historical past throughout the effect and impression at the Icelandic humans themselves.Wasteland with phrases is a finished learn of the island’s social and ancient improvement, from tiny fishing settlements to an international fiscal strength. it's going to entice a person drawn to or learning this such a lot enigmatic of islands, and in addition to these attracted to cultural and social historical past as a whole.

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