A modern masterpiece . . . A central novel in Norwegian literature.
Roy Jacobsen at his very best . . . A fantastic novel.
This is simply a beautiful and moving read . . . A master's hand turning the small into the great.
Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read.
A beautifully crafted novel . . . Quite simply a brilliant piece of work . . . Rendered beautifully into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is a towering achievement that would be a deserved Booker International winner.
A profound interrogation of freedom and fate, as well as a fascinating portrait of a vanished time, written in prose as clear and washed clean as the world after a storm.
The subtle translation, with its invented dialect, conveys a timeless, provincial voice . . . The Unseen is a blunt, brilliant book.
Jacobsen's lyrical voice has been gorgeously translated into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw
This beautifully atmospheric novel, set on a small island off Norway, where weather and the power of the sea shape lives, is a compelling story of one family, generations of which have lived on the island that bears the family name.
A beautiful and rich depiction of place and of family life . . . an outstanding achievement.