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Dictionary of Scandinavian Literature
Niels Ingwersen
0313214506
Nov 1990
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
A heroic undertaking, this extremely useful encyclopedia covers the literatures of all five Nordic countries as well as Faroese, Inuit, and Sami. It has 380 author entries and many superb topical articles, e.g., essays on old Norse poetry, library resources, literary journals, theater, etc. The entries have primary and secondary bibliographies (with preference to English sources) and list English translations. The book concludes with a chronology, a bibliography by country, and the names of the 115 contributors. The selection principles are sound and the well-written entries display fine scholarship, particularly the longer overview articles. No similar reference tool exists in English, and this one is especially valuable in that it brings to light the sophistication and richness of literature in Finland and...


The Poetic Edda (Oxford World's Classics)
Carolyne Larrington
0192839462
June 10, 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
The collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda contains the great narratives of the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. Since the rediscovery of the Poetic Edda in the seventeenth century, its poetry has fascinated artists as diverse as Thomas Gray, Richard Wagner, and Jorge Luis Borges. A scholarly Introduction, Notes, a genealogy of the gods and giants, and an Index of names allows us to glimpse the pagan beliefs of the North.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Icelandic --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Fear and Trembling
Soren Kierkegaard
0140444491
January 1986
Paperback
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The Wall Street Journal
Great Ideas... is the right name for these slim, elegant paperbacks... They are written with precision, force, and care. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

USA Today
Penguin Books hopes to provide an economical remedy for time-pressed readers in search of intellectual sustenance. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Hunger
Knut Hamsun
0486431681
November 2003
Paperback
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Review
"Something new is happening here, some new thought about the nature of art is being proposed in Hunger. An art that is indistinguishable from the life of the artist who makes it . . . an art that is the direct expression of the effort to express itself." --Paul Auster (from his introduction)

"The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun. They were all Hansun's disciples: Thomas Mann and Arthur Schnitzler . . . and even such American writers as Fitzgerald and Hemingway." --Isaac Bashevis Singer

"After reading Hunger, one can easily understand why Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Hunger should appeal to any reader who is interested in a masterpiece by one of this century's great novelists." --James Goldwasser, Detroit News
--This...


Class P
Gale Group
0787684627
July 2005
Paperback
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The Poetic Edda : Volume II: Mythological Poems (Poetic Edda)
Ursula Dronke
0198111819
December 4, 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
This new edition of mythological poems from the Poetic Edda takes the reader deep into the imagination of the Viking poets (c.1000 AD). Setting text and translation side by side, Dronke provides full introductions and commentaries for each of the poems.


Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas and Sagas
Helene A. Guerber
0486273482
December 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Wonderful collection of age-old tales assembled by noted scholar and folklore expert. Myths tell of the creation of the world; the deeds of such gods and heroes as Odin, Thor and Siegfried; the machinations of the evil Loki; and more. Entertaining and readable, these tales offer a striking presentation of the ancient Germanic and Scandinavian myths that have helped shape the literature and cultures of the modern West.Introduction. Index of Poetical Quotations. 64 illus.


SUPERLCCS 05 Sch PT
Thomson Gale
0787685038
May 2006
Paperback
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Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions
Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson
0815624417
October 1988
Paperback
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Kristin Lavransdatter III : The Cross (Kristin Lavransdatter (Penguin))
Sigrid Undset, et al
0141182350
April 1, 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The definitive new translation of the masterwork of Scandinavia's most beloved author is now complete.

Kristin Lavransdatter is a story of love, loyalty, and betrayal, set against a richly detailed historical backdrop of fourteenth-century Norway. The Cross (1922) finds Kristin returning with her husband, Erlend, and their sons to her childhood home, Jorundgaard. As the boys grow older, Kristin is increasingly worried about their prospects, and she and Erlend become estranged. The most devastating and emotional volume in the trilogy, The Cross chronicles the trials and losses Kristin must bear. Tiina Nunnally's exquisite rendering of this unforgettable novel, both more faithful to the beauty of the original Norwegian and more readable than the existing translation, is the first new English...


Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Henrik Ibsen
1593080611
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The father of modern drama, Henrik Ibsen shook off the stale conventions of nineteenth-century theater and made the stage play an instrument for brilliantly illuminating the dark recesses of human nature. After writing historical plays and imaginative epic dramas in verse, such as Peer Gynt, Ibsen turned away from history and romanticism to focus instead on the problems of the individual and modern society. The plays of his middle period—A Doll’s House, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, and his most popular play, Hedda Gabler—are masterpieces of stark psychological realism. In his final plays, including The Master Builder, Ibsen mixed realism and symbolism to enrich his examination of our subconscious drives and urges. Ibsen was criticized and denounced during his lifetime for...


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Gale Group
078768547X
May 2005
Hardcover
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Four Major Plays: A Doll House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder, Vol. 1
Henrik Ibsen
0451524063
January 1965
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
The greatest works by the father of modern theater Brilliantly exemplifying his landmark contribution to the theater, A Doll House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder are truly the greatest and best known works of Henrik Ibsen. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


A History of Danish Literature
Sven H. Rossel
080323886X
Dec 1992
Hardcover
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Bloodtaking and Peacemaking : Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland
William Ian Miller
0226526801
February 15, 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county," William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers. Bloodtaking and Peacemaking delves beneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse world to discover a complex interplay of ordering and disordering impulses. Miller's unique and engaging readings of ancient Iceland's sagas and extensive legal code reconstruct and illuminate the society that produced them.

People in the saga world negotiated a maze of violent possibility, with strategies that frequently put life and limb in the balance. But there was a paradox in striking the balance--one could not get even without going one better. Miller shows how blood vengeance, law,...


A History of Finland's Literature
George C. Schoolfield
0803241895
Nov 1998
Hardcover
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The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology
Snorri Sturluson (Introduction)
0520234774
April 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Prose Edda is a work without predecessor or parallel. Snorri Sturluson feared that the traditional techniques of Norse poetics, the pagan kennings, and the allusions to mythology would be forgotten with the introduction of new verse forms from Europe. Prose Edda was designed as a handbook for poets to compose in the style of the skalds of the Viking ages. It is an exposition of the rule of poetic diction with many examples, applications, and retellings of myths and legends. The present selection includes the whole of Gylfaginning (The deluding of Gylfi)--a guide to mythology that forms one of the great storybooks of the Middle Ages--and the longer heroic tales and legends of Skáldskaparmál (Poetic diction). Snorri Sturluson was a master storyteller, and this translation in modern idiom of the inimitable...


Saga of the Volsungs
Jesse Byock (Translator)
0140447385
January 2000
Paperback
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Judy Quinn, Parergon
"[Byock is] very successful in his adept renderings of Eddic rhythm... The translation of prose is equally fine." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
One of the great books of world literature--an unforgettable tale of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance.

Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sheer human drama in telling of the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer, who acquires runic knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries. Yet the saga is set in a very human world, incorporating oral memories of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman...


Old Icelandic Literature and Society (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature)
Margaret Clunies Ross (Editor), et al
0521631122
September 21, 2000
Hardcover
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Review
'... it works as a sound new slant on [Old Icelandic literature] from a contemporary academic perspective. All those working in the field will want to take account of it.' Heather O'Donoghue, Times Literary Supplement
' ... the book provides a well-grounded and interesting introduction to Old Icelandic literature, with the bonus of multiple signposts towards new directions in Old Norse scholarship.' Modern Language Review

Review
"...a well-conceived project..." SPECULUM

"eminently well-considered and well-written overview of the nature of medieval Icelandic society and its various social, political, and legal institutions in relation to its literary production and the way in which literature was used...the volume is a stimulating and enjoyable book, especially if read piecemeal...



de Vulgari Eloquentia
Marianne Shapiro
0803242115
Jan 1990
Hardcover
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Mysteries (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Knut Hamsun, Sverre Lyngstad (Introduction)
0141186186
January 1, 2001
Paperback
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Amazon.com
The main character, like the title says, is a mysterious guy. Nagel arrives in a Norwegian town with plenty of money and goodwill, and though kind of an eccentric, seems to start to fit in with the local crowd. But it's almost as if Nagel only just landed on Earth, and while he wishes to live correctly, has no idea how to do it. Published at the end of the last century, Mysteries is an existentialist novel, very strange, often very funny, often sad and largely asking the question, "Why live?" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The New York Times
It is as immediate as last night's dream or nightmare.

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Children's Island
P. C. Jersild
0803275676
Jan 1987
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A bestseller in Sweden, and the basis of both a movie and a TV miniseries there, this picaresque novel has for its protagonist a worldly-wise yet vulnerable 10-year-old boy. Slated to go off to Children's Island for his annual summer at camp, Reine Larsson decides instead to explore Stockholm. On the brink of puberty, Reine provides some amusing episodes centering on sexual concerns; he indulges his passion for McDonald's hamburgers and gets caught up in some of the seamier trades of the city. The knowledge of his illegitimacy spurs Reine's search for a likely progenitor, and he pursues the idea that his father might have been the late Dag Hammarskjold. It is difficult to remember Reine is a child, however. His adventures are hardly typicala medley of the sad, the amusing and the absurd that serve as a vehicle...


The Kristin Lavransdatter, Vol. 1: The Wreath
Sigrid Undset
0141180412
December 1997
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Norwegian


A Doll's House (SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
1586634593
July 2002
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
Rudall’s new translation returns a notable play to a new audience...an excellent version emerges from the shadows of greatness. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Winter's Child
Dea T. Morch
0803281331
Dec 1986
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A prenatal ward in a hospital, sanctuary for expectant mothers having difficult pregnancies, is a grim enough format. Coupled with biologically exact details of deliveries, postnatal care of borderline infants andshould words not sufficeline drawings by the author of women delivering, expelling placentas and pumping out breasts, the chances of novelistic success seem limited indeed. But Danish author Morch surmounts these obstacles in this compelling work with strong feminist overtones. The reader is drawn into the life of a Copenhagen hospital ward, and made to care about each of the different young women portrayed here. Marie Hansen, who reads Marx on the labor theory of value until her pains begin, is the book's core, the progress not only of her pregnancy but of her premature baby's struggles for life...


The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen : A New Translation from the Danish
Lorenz Frolich (Illustrator), et al
0618224564
November 6, 2003
Hardcover
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Heather Caldwell, Bookforum
"[The Franks] have stripped away the florid Victorianism of the previous translations...[and] have widened the scope of Andersen's oeuvre."

Review
Newsweek : "The Franks" edition finally sets the stories straight and . . . clarifies the tale most often told wrongAndersen's own life story." --Elise Soukup
Vogue : "A beautiful new translation."
Minneapolis Star-Tribune : "A superb book of Andersen's tales . . . it will be difficult for other commemorative editions to match this publication." --Jack Zipes
Keillor Garrison : "This is the real Andersen, restored to life, in the flavor of Danish. . .here at last you will find him." --Garrison Keillor
Bloom Harold : "Adults and children alike need the actual Andersen,...


The Roofing Ceremony & the Silver Lake
August Strindberg
080329168X
Dec 1987
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Nearly a century after their original publication, we finally have been vouchsafed an English translation of a novel and a short story by the Strindberg (1849-1912) we know as the major playwright whose work influenced the course of modern drama from O'Neill and Pirandello to Beckett and Pinter. In The Roofing Ceremony, an unnamed, dying museum curator wakes from a morphine sleep to play his consciousness over his lifespan. There were good yearsrare, in Strindbergearly on, in the first phase of his marriage, when he strewed roses over the sleeping forms of his wife and infant son. The bad years commence when his wife falls under the influence of hated cousins, accompanied by the familiar Strindbergian themes of discord, estrangement, vindictiveness, hatred, corrosive guilt and the misogyny for which he is...


Four Major Plays: A Doll's House, Ghosts, The Master Builder, and Hedda Gabler
Henrik Ibsen
0192833871
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Taken from the highly acclaimed Oxford Ibsen, this collection of Ibsen's plays includes A Doll's House, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Norwegian


Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend (Nordic Series, Vol 15)
Reimund Kvideland, Henning K. Sehmsdorf (Editor)
0816619670
May 1991
Paperback
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