Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland (Penguin Classics)

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The capstone volume in Penguin Classics’ celebrated series of Icelandic sagas

Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland
brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval. With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains, and avenging sons who do battle with axes, words, and cunning. The tales, meanwhile, follow heroes and comical fools through dreams, voyages, and religious conversions in medieval Iceland and beyond. Shaped by Iceland’s oral culture and its people’s conversion to Christianity, these stories are works of ironic humor and stylistic innovation.

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Vidar Hreinsson is an award-winning scholar of Icelandic literary and cultural history. He has served as director of the Reykjavik Academy in Iceland and lives in Reykjavik.

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This collection of strange and difficult-to-categorize pieces is comic not in the usual sense, but rather, as Vidar explains in his excellent introduction, in the sense of reading counter to the Icelandic family sagas, whose narratives he terms tragic. The stories here are edgy, subversive and often grim little narratives, in striking contrast to the humane, wise and sometimes uplifting family sagas * The Times Literary Supplement *

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