Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland

Kobo ebook | March 7, 2013

byVarious Authors, Viðar Hreinsson, Viðar Hreinsson

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Comic Sagas and Tales brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval. With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains and avenging sons do battle with axes, words and cunning. The tales, meanwhile, follow heroes and comical fools through dreams, voyages and religious conversions in medieval Iceland and beyond. Shaped by Iceland's oral culture and their conversion to Christianity, these stories are works of ironic humour and stylistic innovation.

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Comic Sagas and Tales brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval. With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains and avenging sons do battle with axes, words and cunning. The tales, mea...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 7, 2013Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141975520

ISBN - 13:9780141975528

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sometimes made me laugh out loud I had just read my first saga, The Story of Burnt Njal, or Life in Iceland in the 10th Century and fell in love with this type of history. Of course, I like Iceland a lot, so discovering their sagas helps me to see what life was like so long ago. I enjoyed the Comic Sagas very much. I am now going to read one of Halldor Laxness' books, probably start with "Independent People", then I'll read Iceland's Bell. He won the Pulitzer Prize for that one in 1955.
Date published: 2015-04-25