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The Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Various

ISBN: 9780141000039
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 24 February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.3 x 21.0 x 5.6
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'The Icelandic Sagas remain one of the great marvels of world literature, a great human achievement. We can see how much of our Western modern tradition of narrative realism begins with them. But we can also see that the subsequent seven centuries have produced no other work so timelessly up-to-date, nothing with such a supreme, undistorted sense of actuality, nothing so tempered and tested by such a formidable seriousness of life.'
- Ted Hughes

In Iceland, the ages of the Vikings is alos called 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 Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west-to Greenland and, ultimately, the coast of North America.

The Sagas are not typical heroic literature, but rather tales of flesh-and-blood people burdened with a heroic legacy-the Viking traditi...

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