A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside

Opening: Late in May 2001, about ten days after I saw him for the last time, Mars Sigfridsson was hauled out of Malangen Sound, a few miles down the coast from here.

Huldra

Page 22: Of course time exists – it’s out there in the world where other people live, but it’s only an idea. It’s purely theoretical. Out there, in the busy world, the clocks are ticking, but we are mostly alone on our Whale Island and, whether it’s white night or winter dark, there’s not much here to betray the passing of clock-time.

Theodor Kittelsen: Huldra forsvant

Harold Sohlberg

And the Sohlberg painting that is referred to often in this tale is used as the dustcover for the book:

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