#1 - Pierre Loti
'An Iceland Fisherman' is an 1886 romance by the celebrated - he was elected to the French Academy in May, 1891 - novelist and naval officer Louis Marie-Julien Viaud, under his pseudonym, Pierre Loti. It is a multi-faceted story of romantic love, familial devotion and the brotherly bonds within a community of hard-working fisherfolk who both love and dread the challenges of a seafaring life. Set in 19th Century Brittany, the story reveals unique aspects of the Breton people and their ancient culture that is today threatened by the possibility of disappearing forever. The English translation is by the accomplished French diplomat and writer Jules Cambon. (Summary by Brian Fullen)
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