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Salka Valka

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  746 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
A novel of Iceland -- a queer, repellant sort of Iceland at that. The story of a prostitute and her child, victim of her passions, her selfishness, and her ill-fame -- and of their attempt to find a place for themselves in a new community which is unfriendly, critical, unforgiving. Chiefly the story of the daughter -- her obsessions with and revulsions from sex, and her re ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 28th 1963 by Allen & Unwin (first published 1931)
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Sinem A.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
İzlanda da geçen, yoksulluğun vatansızlığı ile mücadele eden Salka Valka nın çok sade ama çok şiirsel büyüme, kadın olma hikayesi ... Güzel bir tadı var...
Argos
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oldukça basit bir aşk hikayesi de denebilir, İzlanda’da geçen bir külkedisi hikayesi taklidi de. Kitabın ilk bölümü hem oldukça düşük edebi seviyede hem de sıkıcı. İkinci yarısı biraz daha toparlasa da geneli değiştiremiyor. Kitabın hacimli olması da bir şansızlık kitap bırakmayan sadık okur için, bırakılmıyor ama kaybedilen zamana da yazık. Nobel Edebiyat ödülünün neden verildiğini anlayamadığım yazarlardan birisini daha tanıdım.
Eric Hinkle
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally subtitled A Woman in Pants and A Political Love Story, Salka Valka is a stunning book about an extremely strong-willed girl-cum-young-woman named, of course, Salka Valka. So far it's probably my 3rd favorite Laxness, after IP and WL.

I'm sorry. I've been thinking over this book for weeks, since I finished, and I still cannot think of how to execute this review. This novel simply will not be contained in a few paragraphs; it will not be caged by trite responses and simplified feelings.
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Crystal
May 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Salka Valka shows a vivid picture of an Icelandic fishing village. The main character is a feisty individual named Salka that lives through the economic changes in the village. In the beginning, everything feeds through the local store and the entire economic system is controlled by one man. This is later challenged due in part to Salka.

The story pulled me along and while I didn't always agree with Salka's thinking, I always admired her.
Sera
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Salka Valka 2018'in ilk favorisi benim için. Gerçeklikle şiirselliğin birleştiği romanlar hep bambaşka bir güzellikte oluyor. Halldor Laxness bizi Özgür İnsanlar'daki gibi İzlanda'nın tarihine tanık ederken, bir kadının yaşamı, toplumu, çocukluğu, aşkı sorgulamasını büyük bir içtenlikle anlatıyor. Romanın ilk yarısıyla ikinci yarısı arasındaki bariz ton farkı olmasaydı 5 yıldız verecektim. Salka Valka yeni kahramanım.
Laura Van den bossche
World literature at it's best.

Laxness paints a captivating picture of Iceland in this "political love story"! I would not have wanted to read anything else while driving along the westfjords. It is also quite astonishing that Halldor Laxness was only in his twenties when writing this. Who knew a twenty-something man could write so beautifully about the inner life of a girl... Kudos my man.




Nelleke
Beautiful book about Salka Valka, an independent woman and about the poor inhabitants of a small fishing village at the south coast of Iceland. All inhabtants are dependent of one man, who controls the economic and financial system. Salka refuses to become poor like the rest of the village and as a girl of 12 she wants to earn her own money.

It is beautiful to read about the poverty of the inhabitants, the Icelandic landscape and of course about this stong independent woman
aya
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
fatalist; what can easily be seen as defeatist is a complex understanding of human nature, its animal sexuality, its tendencies to take the path of least resistance, its intuition. beautiful, truthful.
Thorlakur
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Það er sannkölluð unun að lesa svo vel skrifaða bók. Það eina sem þreytir er hvað fólk er viðskotaillt og hryssingslegt í öllum samskiptum, en það var líklega ekki búið að finna upp kurteisina þegar þessi saga gerist.
Iida
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: prose
Islandic poetic grey misery.
Kristinn Logi
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesið-2015
Tók mig langan tíma að klára þessa bok, náði ekki að heilla mig því miður. Ég hef kannski ekki nægilegan þroska til að detta all in í Laxness, vonandi les afi þetta ekki
Helena Valtýsdóttir
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love it - even better than I remembered.
Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, scandie, roman
Salka Valka is de zesde roman van Laxness (1902-1998) die door Marcel Otten in krachtig Nederlands is vertaald. Salka Valka was voor het eerst gepubliceerd in twee delen in 1931 en 1932 en is sindsdien meermalen herdrukt. Het begon als een manuscript, wat Halldór Laxness geschreven had voor een film voor Hollywood. Hij ging naar Los Angeles in 1927, vastbesloten scriptschrijver in Hollywood te worden, wat mislukte. Hij wilde Greta Garbo voor zijn personage Salka.

Salka Valka is een roman over een
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Johanna
Tämä hieno islantilaisklassikko valikoitui lukuun helmet -haasteen nobelvoittajaksi. Koska kävin kesäkuussa Islannissa lomalla oli helppo kuvitella mielessään kalastajakylä vuonon rannalla ja sitä ympäröivät tunturit. Tähän kylään Salka Valka saapuu äitinsä helmoissa pikkutyttönä, köyhänä irtolaisena. Uudet aatteet saapuvat laivojen mukana myllertämään myös pientä islantilaista kalastajakylää ja Salka Valkan elämää. Tämän aatteellisen taistelun keskeltä kirjasta huokuu suorastaan zenmäinen rauha ...more
Jere
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If this book was a colour, it would be grey:
so barren and sort of depressive on the surface, but
having so much more, reflecting all other colours when
the sun shines through the clouds, like a lonely light of hope trying
to wipe away the rain on one's cheeks.

Enough of poor attempt at sounding poetic... Salka Valka is a beautiful piece of work, and everyone even remotely interested in Iceland should give it a chance. Also, women/girls should take Salka Valka as their rolemodel - rarely do I find
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Bára Bryndís
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Erfið bók fyrir mig að lesa enda var ég ung og margt í bókinni stakk mig. En yndisleg engu að síður. Bók um siðferði og styrk og fátækt og óréttlæti. Í bókinni er setning sem hefur fylgt mér æ síðan "Hvað er það að hanga á krossi í einn dag fyrir mann sem á engin börn og vita þar að auki að maður deyr fyrir gott málefni?" og gerði endanlega út af við það að ég gæti tekið kristindóminn og karlrembu hans alvarlega. Mamman hennar Sölku Völku er ein mín uppáhaldspersóna, svo breisk, svo varnarlaus. ...more
Isabelle
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
De bedoeling was om in de IJslandse sfeer te komen, en dit lukt misschien wel een beetje. Maar hij schrijft in een zware stijl, langdradig en absoluut geen vakantielectuur. Een arm vissersdorp in IJsland, over een zwakke moeder die haar heil zoekt in de godsdienst en een sterke dochter, over de opkomst van het communisme in IJsland.
Sigfríður Guðjónsdóttir
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Ein besta bók sem ég hef lesið um ævina.
Saga Sölku Völku vekur upp margskonar tilfinningar og oftar en ekki verður maður reiður þeim sem kringum hana standa.
Svona sögu skrifa engvir nema snillingar :-)
Sigga Lára
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gef henni fimm, hún gaf mér svo mikið á sínum tíma en það er langt síðan ég las hana ... þarf að taka hana upp aftur.

Stórkostleg bók!
Elin  Jonasdottir
Feb 02, 2016 added it
Shelves: older
Did not read the translation, obviously.
Did read it while spending the summer in Oklahoma. Could not put it away.
Ísabella Lilja
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
fyrri hluti 3.5/5, seinni hluti 0.5

*edit* ég var heimsk þegar ég las hana fyrst
Odile
Jun 20, 2011 marked it as unfinished-not-applicable  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
Unread, sent out into the world with Bookcrossing. BCID: 609-9938829.
Palina Dagny
Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Being a fan of Laxness, I was very disappointed in this one. It was quite cliché.
Rikke
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful descriptions of the nature, the language was really amazing.
Jos
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jos by: Me miself and I
Sterke mensen in confrontatie met een veranderende maatschappij tegen de achtergrond van de ruwe IJslandse natuur, deze fantastische verteller vertaald door een ware meester, Marcel Otten.
irem nur
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Such a spectacular novel. It shows how one can stand alone despite all the hardships around him/ her..Salka is the strongest girl i've ever known..
Bob Newman
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love and Icelandic politics actually do mix

The title of Bergman's film, "Through a Glass Darkly" comes to mind, not only because it, like this novel, is Scandinavian, but because I felt that I was reading SALKA VALKA through an encrusted window. My edition, first published in England before WW II, was translated from the Danish which in turn had been translated from the original Icelandic. The book certainly impressed me, but I wonder how much more vibrant and immediate it could have been if it
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Pascal Hannerz
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Laxness certainly knows how to portray well developed, multi layered characters, and he writes in a vivid language that has few equals among Nordic authors - you can feel the smell and hear the sounds of this small Icelandic fishing village, you can see the mountains and the brooks, you can feel the rain and the snow and the feeble Nordic sunshine. Its by no means a sparse language that he uses. However, this early work drags on a bit too long, and the second parts heavy focus on a socialist vs ...more
Frimann
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Frábær persónusköpun sem endurspeglar jafnt þjóðlífið á þessum tíma og í dag. Það sem stendur helst eftir er hversu vijlugar persónurnar eru að réttlæta, fyrir sér og öðrum, lífið og hátterni þeirra sem stjórnuðu á Óseyri.
Rosa
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tämä kirja otti aikansa. Kesti kauan ennen kuin pääsin tarinaan sisälle ja kun se loppui, tuntui loppu tulevan melkein liian pian. Mutta minä pidin tästä, ehkä siksi että kuvataan pienen kalastajakylän elämää.
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Born Halldór Guðjónsson, he adopted the surname Laxness in honour of Laxnes in Mosfellssveit where he grew up, his family having moved from Reyjavík in 1905. He published his first novel at the age of 17, the beginning of a long literary career of over 60 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. Confirmed a Catholic in 1923, he later moved away from religion and for a long time w ...more
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