London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1960. First English Language Edition. 12mo (19cm.); original simulated cloth in blue-green dust jacket printed in black and brown; 256pp. Spine a bit cocked, small, discrete abraision at mid-jacket spine possibly from previously removed lable; very faint rubberstamp to upper panel of "Olaf Norlis Forlag," Duun's Norwegian publisher. Bookplate of one H.F. Miller to front pastedown along with previous bookseller's ink pricing, else interior fine. A Very Good copy overall. Originally published in Norway as Menneske og Maktene in 1938.
The prolific Norwegian author's last work, addressing, as in his previous novels, life in a rural community, in this case the impoverished fishing community on the island of Oyvaere. Duun wrote in the Landsmål dialect, a conglomeration of peasant dialects disparate from the official languages of Nynorsk and Bokmål.