The author Lisbeth Nebelong and her novels Når engle spiller
Mozart (When angels play Mozart), Færøblues (Faroe
Blues) and Møde i mol:
Lisbeth Nebelong (b. 1955) is a journalist and
Master of Public Management and has written seven popular books
on home finances. In 2003 she made her debut as a novelist with
Når engle spiller Mozart (When angels play Mozart), followed by two other Faroe novels in 2008 and 2014. In april 2016 the three revized novels were published together as Færø Blues Trilogien (The Faroe Blues Trilogy).
Når engle spiller Mozart (When angels play
Mozart) from August 2003 is a love story between the Danish main
character, Lisa and the Faroese cellist, Kári.
Besides the novel is a portrait of the Faroe Islands and about
the national community between Denmark and the Faroe Islands.
“First and foremost the novel is about an individual coming
to terms with herself. Closely connected with this is the theme
about modern female identity, split between career and the choice
of whether to have children or not. The novel’s point is
the transference of these psychological approaches to the problematics
of the cultural encounter. Just as Lisa at last confronts herself
with the injustices of the past and reconciles herself to them,
so must the partners in the national community arrive at an understanding
and put aside the past – whether the Faroe Islands choose
to continue within the national community or form their own nation
state.” Kirsten Thisted, Nordic Voices 2005.
Please read the full text here.
Færøblues (Faroe Blues)
from January 2008 is the story about Kári, who grows up
in the Faroe Islands and spends his childhood in the capital of
Tórshavn in the 60’s and 70’s.
As a young man he leaves the Faroe Islands to become a cellist.
25 years later he returns for the first time to perform a solo
concert. In intense flashbacks he experiences his childhood years
again: his great love for the Danish girl Lisa, spring concerts
and trawler trip in the North Atlantic, and not least an exceptional
clash with his mother.
Færøblues (Faroe Islands Blues) is a novel about
a young artist and his attempts to maintain and develop his identity
in spite of – or thanks to – his upbringing in a small
island community on nature’s terms. The novel is also about
music and erotic experiences as a means of escape and deliverance.
Møde i mol In the final novel from 2014 we follow Lisa and Kári in their respectively countries (Denmark and Norway) in January 2006 - until they finally meet again - in the Faroe Islands - where it all began many years ago.
Færø Blues Trilogien Each of Lisbeth Nebelongs three novels can be read independently, but they are
also part of a trilogy about the Faroe Islands between
tradition and modernity and life among Danes and Faroese in the
North Atlantic. In April 2016 the novels were published as a decidedly trilogy with the title Fære Blues Trilogien (The Faroe Blues Trilogy).
Lisbeth is also the author of the danish tourguide Turen går til Færøerne (The trip goes to the Faroe Islands). See english translation of the preface