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Njal's Saga (Penguin Classics)

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Written in the thirteenth century, Njal's Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems-from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a powerful warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal's Saga tells the compelling story of a fifty-year blood feud that, despite its distance from us in time and place, is driven by passions familiar to us all. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction, chronology, index of characters, plot summary, explanatory notes, maps, and suggestions for further reading.

Synopsis:

Written in the thirteenth century, Njal's Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems-from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a powerful warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal's Saga tells the compelling story of a fifty-year blood feud that, despite its distance from us in time and place, is driven by passions familiar to us all. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction, chronology, index of characters, plot summary, explanatory notes, maps, and suggestions for further reading.
Translated and edited by Robert Cook.

Synopsis:

Set around the time of Iceland's conversion to Christianity, this saga follows a 50 year blood-feud. The narrative focuses on Njal Thorgeirsson who, along with his family, is burnt alive in his home. The saga exposes the cathatic power of vengance and inadequacy of the law.

About the Author

Robert Cook, born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was educated at Princeton, Zurich, and Johns Hopkins and taught English medieval literature at Tulane University in New Orleans for twenty-seven years. In 1990 he moved to Reykjavik to serve as professor of English literature at the University of Iceland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140447699
Editor:
Cook, Robert
Translator:
Cook, Robert
Translator:
Cook, Robert
Editor:
Cook, Robert
Author:
Palsson, Hermann
Author:
Magnusson, Magnus
Author:
Anonymous
Author:
Cook, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
107-27
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.80x5.26x1.04 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140447699 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Written in the thirteenth century, Njal's Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems-from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a powerful warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal's Saga tells the compelling story of a fifty-year blood feud that, despite its distance from us in time and place, is driven by passions familiar to us all. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction, chronology, index of characters, plot summary, explanatory notes, maps, and suggestions for further reading.
Translated and edited by Robert Cook.
"Synopsis" by , Set around the time of Iceland's conversion to Christianity, this saga follows a 50 year blood-feud. The narrative focuses on Njal Thorgeirsson who, along with his family, is burnt alive in his home. The saga exposes the cathatic power of vengance and inadequacy of the law.
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