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The capstone quantity in Penguin Classics’ celebrated sequence of Icelandic sagas

Comic Sagas and stories from Iceland
brings jointly the very most interesting Icelandic tales from the 13th to 15th centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval. With feuding households and moments of ugly violence, the sagas see such vintage mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains, and avenging sons who do conflict with axes, phrases, and crafty. The stories, in the meantime, keep on with heroes and comical fools via desires, voyages, and non secular conversions in medieval Iceland and past. formed through Iceland’s oral tradition and its people’s conversion to Christianity, those tales are works of ironic humor and stylistic innovation.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior via introductions and notes via individual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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