The Prophets of Eternal Fjord shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award

19th April 2017

We are delighted to announce that The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine has been shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, an annual award presented for a novel either written in English or translated into English.

The novel, published by Atlantic Books, was translated from the original Danish by Martin Aitken. It follows the story of a newly ordained priest sailing to Greenland in 1787 to convert the Inuit to the Danish church. It has previously received the Golden Lauren award and the prestigious Nordic Council’s Literature Prize.

The nominators of the book called it, “a real masterpiece” and, “a unique and compelling reading experience.” 

The judging panel for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017 consists of 6 judges, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE, Kate Derbyshire, Kapka Kassabova, Professor Chris Morash, Jaume Subirana and Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 21st June by Lord Mayor Brendan Carr, and will receive either  €100,000 for a book written in English, or €75,000 for the author and €25,000 for the translator for an English translation. The shortlist also includes novels in translation from Angola, Austria, Mexico, Mozambique and Turkey.

Nominators’ comments in full:

“The winner of the prestigious Nordic Council’s literature prize is a remarkable historic novel about the colonies in West-Greenland at the end of the 18th century, in which Leine skilfully brings the past to life. This is a real masterpiece in which the enigmatic main protagonist , Marten Pedersen, takes you on an unpredictable journey from the streets of Copenhagen to the frozen outskirts of Greenland. A novel full of lust, faith, calamity and persecution.

Kim Leine charts the tragic events that intertwine seemingly disparate lives, illuminating the brutal and tender impulses of those seeking redemption and the shifting line between religion and mysticism. At once exotic and disturbingly relevant, a starting point for reflection and above all, a unique and compelling reading experience.

Leine’s saga follows Morten Falck, a deeply flawed Danish priest and missionary, from the alleys of Copenhagen to the fjords of Greenland. Crafted in a way that forces the reader to feel the itch of crawling lice and smell the stench of rotten blubber, this brutal yet majestic novel explores the complex relationship of the colonizer and the colonized.”