Winner of the August Prize 2018, with sales of over 12 000 hardbacks
In Linnea Axelsson’s stunning novel-in-verse, she narrates the story of two indigenous Sámi families in northern Sweden, whose fate mirrors Sámi history from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.
We walk with the struggling families as they herd reindeer towards an island in northern Norway, their summer pasture. None of them can imagine that soon enough the Norwegian border will be closed to them, that they will be forced from their home, and future generations will encounter altogether different challenges. Piece by piece, an emotional landscape emerges as the families’ lives are affected by Sweden’s colonial policy.
The Sámi people are the indigenous people of the north, who traditionally make their living from herding reindeer across huge distances, and whose lands span the far northern tips of Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Russia.
Ædnan is the traditional northern Sámi word for ’land’, ’ground’, or ’earth’.
Awards and Nominations
—August Prize for Fiction—
—Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan’s Fiction Awards—
—Ordfront’s Award for Democracy—
—Svenska Dagbladets Prize for Literature—
—Nominated for Swedish Radio’s Lyrical Poetry Prize—
Finnish: Kieletär Inari