This work is the new translation of William Heinesen's masterpiece; one of the most important Scandinavians novels of the 20th-century; an epic struggle between good and evil; Dedalus is to translate all Heinesen's novels into English. Although set on a small island the book is full of larger than life characters, like the formidable bank manager Ankersen, the scurrilous Matte Gok, the enormous blacksmith Janniksen and the amateur musicians. Heinesen succeeds in making the everyday world of Torshavn at the beginning of the 20th-century the stuff of a Greek tragedy.
William Heinesen (1900-1991) was born in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, the son of a Danish mother and Faroese father, and was equally at home in both languages. Although he spent most of his life in the Faroe Islands he chose to write in Danish as he felt it offered him greater inventive freedom. Although internationally known as a poet and a novelist he made his living as an artist. His paintings range from large-scale murals in public buildings, through oil to pen sketches, caricatures and collages. He published The Black Cauldron in 1949, Dedalus translation 1992.