George Mackay Brown's novel 'Magnus' - SMC109

George Mackay Brown is Orkney's best known, author, poet and dramatist of the twentieth century. He was born in Stromness in 1921, where he spent most of his life, and died in 1996.

'Magnus' has been described as George Mackay Brown's most poetic and innovative novel. It is a novel about the murder of St Magnus and links the twelfth century martyrdom to the concentration camps of World War II, finding echoes of human goodness and human evil.

'Magnus' provided the inspiration for 'The Martyrdom of St Magnus' a music-drama, on which he collaborated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The piece launched the St Magnus Festival in 1977.

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