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Profeterne i Evighedsfjorden

(Grønlands-trilogi #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,223 ratings  ·  249 reviews
I en lille koloni på Vestgrønland i 1793 bliver en kvinde sparket ud over en klippe og falder i døden. Koloniens norsk-danske præst, Morten Falck er kommet til kolonien for at missionere, men det store fjendskab mellem grønlændere og kolonister, gør hans arbejde besværligt. Falck længes hjem og hans grønlandske hjælpepræst fortæres af vrede og sorg.

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Hardcover, 1. udgave, 4. oplag, 525 pages
Published March 16th 2012 by Gyldendal (first published 2012)
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Amalia Gkavea
‘’And then He is gone. She stands alone, high up above the settlement, which is enshrouded by fog. It is the middle of the night, yet light. A pair of ravens rumble in the air and caw.’’

This novel was an absolute impulse buy. I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t aware of its existence, I don’t know how this came to be.So, while I was browsing in the bookshop, I noticed the word ‘’fjord’’. I took the beautiful paperback in my hands and after reading the words ‘’Greenland’’ and ‘’18th century’’,
An epic novel about an unconventional priest, set in late-eighteenth-century Denmark and Greenland. This struck me as a cross between Carsten Jensen’s We, the Drowned, another historical saga from Denmark and one of my favorite novels of all time, and Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White. Like the former, it features perilous sea voyages and ambivalent father–son relationships; like the latter, it’s edgy and sexualized, full of lechery and bodily fluids. No airbrushing the more unpleas ...more
Paul Fulcher
You can say Greenland is Denmark’s Africa. It’s our colonial bad conscience
Kim Leine Kim Leine interview
19th Century painting by Kristoffer Kreutzmann of the 18th Century prophet Habukuk cleansing the sins of his female followers (source:

Winner of the prestigious Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2015, whose past winners include books by Per Petterson, Sjón, Lars Saabye Christensen, Jan Kjærstad, Dag Solstad, Per Olov Enquist, Kim Leine's The Prophets o
Aug 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I know most of my GR friends who read this one will disagree with me, but The Prophets of the Eternal Fjord is severely overrated. I will admit that there's a profound moment or two, but you have to go fishing for them in all of the flab. Yes, I said it. It's F-L-A-B-B-Y. What's more, I have very mixed feelings about it as commentary on Danish colonialism in Greenland. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it felt icky at times, and not in the way the text intended for me to feel icky. Th
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A remarkable, engrossing novel. Read it in three days, despite it's formidable length, finding myself clearing my schedule to keep reading.

It's a grim story - mostly the story of a weak, conflicted man struggling against himself and his impulses. It is set against the backdrop of the harsh Danish exploitation of the Greenlandic people and the colonialism which the main character participates in and in his best moments struggles against. The central development of the book, the rise of an indigen
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
It is an interesting novel, quite singular. Whether it is a good novel, I do not know, though certainly it is thought-provoking. It is about freedom, of which we have just spoken.

Rousseau’s statement that Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains forms a repeating motif through this book:

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains! These two main clauses continue to affect him deeply, the recognition of an and rather than a but to join them together. The two statements are in no way op
Tanja Berg
Rating 3* out of 5. I'm giving it a bonus star for the interesting historical perspective and the novelty of Greenland. Otherwise I'm sorry to say I did not enjoy this much.

Morten Falck is studying theology, a study paid for by his father. That Morten would rather study medicine is of no relevance. Soon after completing his studies he receives a job in Greenland and heads off into misery. There are lots of descriptions of lice and misbehaving bowels and other all too human factors I'd rather no
Gumble's Yard
Greenland is the night that separated the evening when I retired to sleep, cheerful and young, from the morn when I awoke a palsied old man

The book is set in the last two decades of the 18th Century, mainly in Denmark and its then colony Greenland. The main character of the book (told in a series of lengthy point of view chapters written from in the third person and present tense) is Morten Falck, the son of a Norwegian schoolmaster and newly ordained as a priest. After five years in Copenhagen
Julie Hoegh - Editor at Bookstoker
If you’re at all disgusted by bodily fluids, don’t even think about reading this book. If you’re not, prepare yourself for a firework of a novel by a master storyteller set in a part of the world which I’m willing to bet you’ve never read anything about before. Kim Leine’s novel The Prophets of Eternal Fjord, set in Greenland during Danish colonial rule, won the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2013 and is finally out in English.

It’s 1782 and innocent, small town boy Morten Falck, moves from N
Sotiris Karaiskos
One of the books that was nominated for the Dublin International Prize and a few years ago had won the Norwegian Council's literary prize, which meant that there were several prerequisites to seek and travel with it to the cold northern seas. The latter I do not say it because of some poetic mood, I say it because the element that won me is the author's ability to travel me to the north, to the icy landscapes of Greenland to make me feel like I'm experiencing this wild environment and seeing the ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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DNF the book, bored out of my mind..
For a while I thought I was reading a 19th century novel. Then the descriptions of bodily fluids and functions followed by sexual encounters made me remember this was a modern novel of the late 1700s Denmark and Greenland. Other than that confusion I thought this book was brilliant.
Morten Falck is first meet in assisting in medical dissections of corpses he helps to drag out of Copenhagen's canals. He reluctantly becomes a minister and decides to go to Greenland as a missionary priest.
He leaves
Ilmari Nokkonen
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly epic story about a Norwegian priest in colonial Greenland where the true savages are the Danish colonisers. Brutal and beautiful at the same time. Might even merit the fifth star after some refelction. (Edit: deserves rather 5 stars than 4)
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable work of historical fiction that follows the life and agonizing times of a Danish priest sent to Greenland to minister to the colonists and natives. Very interesting structure and masterful command of language. Not for the faint of heart but oh, the humanity.
Amy Hafer
Too much to say about this book for a Goodreads review. You have to have a chat over tea or coffee with me if you want my opinion. But if you've read it also, I'd certainly love to hear your thoughts!!
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, a good book. It bogged down in several places, but on the whole I enjoyed the time period and atmosphere.
Will Chin
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is about books on this topic, but I find myself drawn to stories about religious people (usually a Christian priest) travelling to far-flung places to convert the locals (or savages) to a particular religion (usually Christianity). It takes a special kind of character and any equal mix of faith, devotion, madness and hubris to do something like that. Now, to have all of those ingredient inside a protagonist, I think it makes for an incredible if not interesting read. The fac ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An epic tale about a Norwegian missionary sent to Greenland in the 1790s. It is not an easy read and probably not one for the faint hearted - the times were incredibly harsh and lives short and brutal and there are plenty of graphic references to the violence, squalor and illness that resulted from this. However, as well as being an absorbing account of a time and place that I had little previous knowledge of, the book explores some huge themes - among them faith, the barbarity of colonialism an ...more
Ann Kuhn
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much good writing, fascinating settings and tons of historical detail! I don't know why the author felt it was necessary to toy with the reader by jumping back and forth in time, revealing events in a disordered and confusing way. It just didn't seem necessary to me. But no regrets. Warning: Do not read this book if bodily functions dismay you!
Feb 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I hadn't picked up this book. Maybe it's the fact that it's been translated and written by someone from a different culture. Maybe it's because the author is obsessed with deviant sex and the protagonist is the consummate loser. Maybe it's because it's too predictable and it reads like a diary instead of a story. Maybe because it can't even offer a good perspective on life in those times and places. I've almost never set a book aside without finishing it. This was close. I read a copy fro ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book Club Review is a podcast devoted to the books that get people talking, and in episode 6 we turned our attention to Prophets. It's an absorbing, visceral read that demands a certain level of attention and commitment, but for me it was justly rewarding with its wonderful rich language (credit to Martin Aitken, the English translator) and inventive plot. I loved that I never quite knew what was going to happen next. It is one of the best historical novels I've read, Leine does a brilliant ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter bought this book in Denmark. It had been recently translated into English. While in the midst of it, I was a bit of a slog, but by the ending, I was sorry to finish it. This story chronicles the life of Morton Pederson Falck who becomes a priest, and while he is finishing up his education in Copenhagen, he decides to take a position in Greenland. This takes place in the late 1700s, and the people of Greenland are thought to be savages, heathens. Enter the priest, Falck. While there h ...more
Sarah Rogers
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Difficult one to review: one of those books where the ambition and quality of the writing (& translation) are evident, but at times it was such a grind to read. Unrelentingly grim with tales of sexual abuse, violence, hypocrisy and lice. Lots of lice.

That said, the depiction of the attempt to colonise and convert 18th century Greenland is fascinating, as are the depictions of life in contemporary Copenhagen.

Ironically, the element of the novel which felt like it had been skimmed over were the
Siri Chateaubriand
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
[Spoilers] The opening pages were so shocking that I put the book away for a long time. Months later I picked it up again and then was won over by Leine's vivid imagery and prose, painting a picture of late 17th century Copenhagen and Greenland that I could never have imagined. I ground to a halt again after a particularly vivid and awful rape, with the prospect of a horrifying abortion lurking ahead, but then made myself finish the book in one swift effort. I'm glad I did. The novel is thematic ...more
Gail Addis
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is vivid, atmospheric and evocative. Martin Aitken's translation is excellent and the elements; weather, sea, land, fire, bodily smells and functions come alive. The surreal becomes real, and the real is always a little surreal.
I found the time-shifting, from the start of his time in Greenland to the end a little unnecessary and had to stop and check the date from time to time.
It deals with the type of grim topics that characterise tales of colonisation; sexual exploitation, violen
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like dark, realistic writing of Scandinavian authors, this book is for you!The book often shocks you with raw discriptions of human vice and bodily functions, yet is very real in human passions, doubts and yearnings. It describes the life of 18th century Norvegian priest who is educated in Denmark and who has the first raw and confusing experiences of lust there. He is then sent to wild and scarcly inhabited Greenland to convert its inhabitants to God.Through hardship and rough climate he ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
The setting for this saga is Greenland of the late 18th century. The protagonist is a hapless priest (well, sort of). The depiction of Greenland at that time is quite grim. The priest is consumed with demons of all sorts, including sexual. He latches onto a widow but never really finds any happiness.

What is most interesting about this story is the historical context. While a fantasy, it draws from historical events and the way of life at the time.

A bit on long side, this story might have been m
Not nearly as good as I thought it would be. Now that I finished it, I am not able to understand what was the point of this novel. Some parts were interesting ( the trip to Greenland for instance ) but others were plainly pointless ( the gipsy boy part being the most pointless of all of them). I cannot say that I enjoyed reading it. Too long and quite pointless.
Evelyn Hanlon
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, I read it in English. it was risqué in parts but authentic. I think it depends on whether you are coming from ex colony or a colonial power how you view the events. I'm a bit confused about who the narrator of final chapter was. not the main narrator as they were at his grave ....
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remained fascinated throughout this read and never felt certain about the author's aims or where the story might go. Lots interesting portrayals of religious and sexual attitudes of 17th century Scandinavia and Greenland.
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