What the Bear Said: Skald tales from New Iceland by W. D. ValgardsonWhat the Bear Said: Skald tales from New Iceland by W. D. Valgardson

What the Bear Said: Skald tales from New Iceland

byW. D. Valgardson

Paperback | July 31, 2011

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A land of volcanoes, geothermal pools, and barren wilderness, Iceland is full of mists and mystery. For a thousand years, its inhabitants passed down oral histories that included fantastical fables as a way to understand their strange land. For settlers escaping starvation in the wake of volcanic eruptions and economic hardship, Manitoba's Interlake held further mystery.
35 years after Turnstone Press published its first book of poetry, The Gutting Shed, W. D. Valgardson returns with a collection full of fantastic tales and colourful characters. Bears, wolves, fish, forests, swamps, harsh winters, insect-infested summers, the unpredictable waters of an inland sea, and people claimed by the forces of nature, provide a wealth of material from which Turnstone Press's first published author draws his inspiration.
Ancient sturgeon who rescues a fair maid from drowning, a fisherman who can "speak" with a bear, and mischievous Christmas sprites who protect a poor girl from a nightmarish marriage: these and more tales combine a canon of Icelandic folklore with the landscape and wildlife of Canada for a truly absorbing reading experience.
Blurring lines between reality and fantasy, W. D. Valgardson continues to be one of Canada's foremost storytellers.
W. D. Valgardson is a author of the Canadian classic Gentle Sinners in addition to The Girl with the Botticelli Face, four short story collections, two collections of poetry and several books for children. Currently he lives in Victoria, British Columbia and is the editor of Lögberg-Heimskringla, the Icelandic Community newspaper in Ca...
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Title:What the Bear Said: Skald tales from New IcelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:162 pages, 8 × 9 × 0.45 inPublished:July 31, 2011Publisher:Turnstone PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888013809

ISBN - 13:9780888013804

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