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Iceland's Bell

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Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland’s Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness is at once an updating of the traditional Icelandic saga and a caustic social satire. At the close of the 17th century, Iceland is an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famine, and plague. A farmer and accused cord-thief named Jon Hreggvidsson makes a bawdy joke about the Danish king and soon after finds himself a fugitive charged with the murder of the king’s hangman.

In the years that follow, the hapless but resilient rogue Hreggvidsson becomes a pawn entangled in political and personal conflicts playing out on a far grander scale. Chief among these is the star-crossed love affair between Snaefridur, known as “Iceland’s Sun,” a beautiful, headstrong young noblewoman, and Arnas Arnaeus, the king’s antiquarian, an aristocrat whose worldly manner conceals a fierce devotion to his downtrodden countrymen. As their personal struggle plays itself out on an international stage, Iceland’s Bell creates a Dickensian canvas of heroism and venality, violence and tragedy, charged with narrative enchantment on every page.

Synopsis:

At the turn of the eighteenth century, in an Iceland that exists as an oppressed colony of Denmark, farmer Jon Hreggvidsson finds himself a fugitive on a trumped up charge of murder after making a bawdy joke at the expense of the Danish king and becomes caught in the middle of a troubled love affair between a beautiful noblewoman and the king's antiquarian. Original. 10,000 first printing.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307426314
Publisher:
Vintage International/Vintage Books
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Translator:
Roughton, Philip
Author:
Halldor Laxness Translated by Philip Roughton
Author:
Roughton, Philip
Author:
Halldor Laxness
Author:
Laxness, Halldór
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Iceland
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20031014
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
425

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Product details 425 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307426314 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , At the turn of the eighteenth century, in an Iceland that exists as an oppressed colony of Denmark, farmer Jon Hreggvidsson finds himself a fugitive on a trumped up charge of murder after making a bawdy joke at the expense of the Danish king and becomes caught in the middle of a troubled love affair between a beautiful noblewoman and the king's antiquarian. Original. 10,000 first printing.
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