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Iceland's Bell

Halldor Kiljan Laxness


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PUBLISHED: 14th October 2003
ISBN: 9781400034253
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Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland's Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldir 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.
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  • Paperback
    $28.60
PUBLISHED: 14th October 2003
ISBN: 9781400034253
ANNOTATION:
Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland's Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldir 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.

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Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland's Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldir 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.

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Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland's Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldor 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.

Author Biography

Laxness won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1955.

Review

"Laxness has genuine magic as a novelist." -New York Herald Tribune "Laxness is a poet who writes to the edge of the pages, a visionary who allows us a plot: He takes a Tolstoyan overview, he weaves in an Evelyn Waugh-like humor; it is not possible to be unimpressed." -Daily Telegraph

Product Details

Author
Halldor Kiljan Laxness
Short Title
ICELANDS BELL
Pages
448
Language
English
ISBN-10
1400034256
ISBN-13
9781400034253
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-10-31
Country of Publication
United States
Residence
US
Series
Vintage International Original (Paperback)
Translator
Philip Roughton
Publisher
Vintage