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Egil's Saga by Bernard Scudder
Book DescriptionEgil's Saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a morally ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful poetry, and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. The saga recounts Egil's progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland. Exploring issues as diverse as the question of loyalty, the power of poetry, and the relationship between two brothers who love the same woman, Egil's Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140447705
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernard Scudder
Draining Lake, Paperback (October 2010)
A skeleton is found half-buried in a dried out lake. The bones have been weighed down with an radio transmitter: is this a clue to the victim, and the killer's identity? Detective Erlendur is called in to investigate and discovers that there may be a connection with a group of students who were sent to study in East Germany during the Cold War.
Silence of the Grave, Paperback (October 2010)
Building work in an expanding Reykjavik uncovers a shallow grave. Years before, this part of the city was all open hills, and Erlendur and his team hope this is a typical Icelandic missing person scenario; perhaps someone once lost in the snow, who has lain peacefully buried for decades. Things are never that simple.
My Soul to Take, Paperback (April 2010)
'well-written, pacey and wonderfully atmospheric' - Guardian
Arctic Chill, Paperback (October 2009)» View all books by Bernard Scudder
A dark-skinned young boy is found dead, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The boy's Thai half-brother is missing; is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? While fears increase that the murder could have been racially motivated, the police receive reports that a suspected paedophile has been spotted in the area.
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Author Biography - Bernard Scudder
Bernard Scudder lives in Reykjavik as a full-time translator. His translations encompass sagas, ancient and modern poetry, and leading contemporary novels and plays. In 1998 two novels in his translation were short-listed for the European Union's Aristeon Literary Prize. Svanhildur Oscarsdottir has a research post at the Arni Magnusson Institute in Reykjavik. Bernard Scudder lives in Reykjavik as a full-time translator. His translations encompass sagas, ancient and modern poetry, and leading contemporary novels and plays. In 1998 two novels in his translation were short-listed for the European Union's Aristeon Literary Prize. Svanhildur Oscarsdottir has a research post at the Arni Magnusson Institute in Reykjavik. She has published on Icelandic literature, medieval and modern.
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