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Iceland's Bell (1946) [Novel]
by Halldˇr Kiljan Laxness Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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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 nobleman, and Arnas Arnaenus, 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.

Original title: ═slandsklukkan
Original languages: Icelandic

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Genre: FictionHistoricalEuropeanScandinavia
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Iceland's Bell

Iceland's Bell (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Philip Roughton
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Manifested in:

Iceland's Bell (October 14, 2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 9781400034253
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.9 x 1
Pages: 448

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