First published in 1946, this humane epic novel is set in rural Iceland in the early twentieth century. Bjartus is a sheep farmer determined to eke a living from a blighted patch of land. Nothing, not merciless weather, nor his family will come between him and his goal of financial independence. Only Asta Solillja, the child he brings up as his daughter, can pierce his stubborn heart. As she grows up, keen to make her own way in the world, Bjartus' obstinacy threatens to estrange them forever.
"I love this book. It is an unfolding wonder of artistic vision and skill - one of the best books of the 20th century . I can't imagine any greater delight than coming to Independent People for the first time" Jane Smiley
Halldór Kiljan Laxness, am 23. April 1902 in Reykjavik geboren, erhielt 1955 den Nobelpreis für Literatur. Er starb am 9. Februar 1998.