The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Various, Jane Smiley, Robert Kellogg

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Book cover for The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Various, Jane Smiley, Robert Kellogg

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Description

In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's great literary treasures - as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.

About the Author

Jane Smiley's ten works of fiction include The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, Moo, A Thousand Acres (which won the Pulitzer Prize), and most recently the bestselling Horse Heaven.

Publishing Information

Publisher: Penguin Group
Pub date: 2001-03-01
Length: 848 pages
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