Bringing alive the world of the 10th century, this book follows the Vikings as they raid the coasts of England - defeating Ethelred the Unready's army at Maldon. In particular, the book tells the story of one fighting man, Orm, the son of a famous pirate.
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"The literary equivalent of an action- and intrigue-filled adventure movie that won't insult your intelligence...Orm is a charismatic character, and Bengtsson is an infectiously enthusiastic and surprisingly funny writer — even readers with zero interest in the Europe of a millennium ago will want to keep turning the pages. All novels should be so lucky as to age this well." --NPR "A household name in Scandinavian literature since its publication during World War II, the title "The Long Ships" is recognizable to English-speakers, if at all, from a tenuously related 1964 epic with Sidney Poitier. New York Review Books reckons to remedy that with this 500-page hunk chronicling 20 years in the life of Red Orm, a son of Skania, born during the reign of Harald Bluetooth, who first goes a-viking as a teen....And if the company of so many burly, bearded heroes can weary, Bengtsson's clear-eyed witnessing of a new world dawning does not." "—LAbout the Author:
Frans G. Bengtsson (1894–1954) was born and raised in the southern Swedish province of Skåne, the son of an estate manager. His early writings, including a doctoral thesis on Geoffrey Chaucer and two volumes of poetry written in what were considered antiquated verse forms, revealed a career-long interest in historical literary modes and themes. Bengtsson was a prolific translator (of Paradise Lost, The Song of Roland, and Walden), essayist (he published five collections of his writings, mostly on literary and military topics), and biographer (his two-volume biography of Charles XII won the Swedish Academy’s annual prize in 1938). In 1941 he published Roede Orm, sjoefarare i vaesterled ( Red Orm at Home and on the Western Way), followed, in 1945, by Roede Orm, hemma i oesterled ( Red Orm at Home and on the Eastern Way). The two books were published in a single volume in the United States and England in 1955 as The Long Ships. During the Second World War, Bengtsson was outspoken in his opposition to the Nazis, refusing to allow for a Norwegian translation of The Long Ships while the country was still under German occupation. He died in 1954 after a long illness.
Michael Meyer (1921–2000) was a translator, novelist, biographer, and playwright, best known for his translations of the works of Ibsen and Strindberg. His biography of Ibsen won the Whitbread Prize for Biography in 1971.
Michael Chabon is the author of ten books, including T he Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, and Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Book Description Feb 28, 1954. Book Condition: Used: Acceptable. Ex-library book, usual markings. Hardback with dust cover. Well read copy with some spine wear. Slight colouring of page edges due to age with some slight wrinkling of pages as well, still very usable. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Bookseller Inventory # P07_0395_HX_06/15
Book Description Collins. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0002214539 First edition hardback with dustjacket. DJ is chipped and worn to edges and has been repaired internally at spine with tape. Red boards are a little faded to top of spine. Slight tanning to page edges. Small previous owners name otherwise internally clean. Very good / good - condition. Bookseller Inventory # L10B40019
Book Description Collins, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. 0002214539 First edition hardback with dustjacket. DJ is chipped and worn to edges and has been repaired internally at spine with tape. Red boards are a little faded to top of spine. Slight tanning to page edges. Small previous owners name otherwise internally clean. Very good / good - condition. Bookseller Inventory # L9B40001Z
Book Description Collins. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Good: Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2634668000
Book Description Collins, 1954. Book Condition: very good. Gently used. Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. Bookseller Inventory # 9780002214537-3