Iceland's Bell

Iceland's Bell

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Trade Paper, Vintage Books USA, 2003, ISBN# 1400034256
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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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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.

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.

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Number of Pages: 425
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Subject: ICELAND_FICTION ,  FICTION_GENERAL ,  Settings
Author: Roughton, Philip ,  Laxness, Halldor
Target Audience: Trade
Translator: Roughton, Philip
Series Title: Vintage International Ser.
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN-13: 9781400034253
Fiction/Nonfiction: Y
Brand: Generic
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.00 x 8.00 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 1400034256
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