In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun
Titel: In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun : Contemporary Sami Prose and Poetry
Samenstelling Harald Gaski
Uitgever: Davvi Girji o.s., 1996
Flaptekst / Beschrijving
This is the first extensive anthology of contemporary Sami literature in English. The Sami are the indigenous people inhabiting Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia’s Kola Peninsula. Twenty-one authors from all four countries are represented with poetry, short stories and excerpts from novels. Many of the authors are award-winners, and some have been included in Nordic and international collections.
The readers will be introduced to a variety of themes and experiences, from wolves attacking a reindeer herd to river boat rafting and the making of a shaman drum, from the most tender love poems in Arctic surroundings to the bitter realities in the everyday life of a suppressed minority. The texts reflect Sami resilience and selfhood, and express the Sami’s own perspective on their struggle to preserve traditional values in modem society. The anthology is edited by the Sami scholar Harald Gaski of the University of Tromsö. It includes a comprehensive introduction, intended to provide the reader with background on Sami literary history and to place each text in a context.
Ever since the world’s various indigenous peoples began turning their efforts to cooperative endeavors in the 1970s, the Sami have participated actively in the struggle to make these peoples’ and their own voice heard. In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun is the Sami vocal in this international chorus.