|Iceland's Bell (1946) [Novel]|
by Halldˇr Kiljan Laxness
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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
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Scandinavia
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics