Gisli Sursson's Saga and the Saga of the People of Eyri

Author: Vésteinn Ólason

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140447725

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

View: 9914

DOWNLOAD NOW »

'Fate must find someone to speak through. Whatever is meant to happen will happen.' Based on oral tales that originated from historical events in tenth-century Iceland, these two sagas follow the fate of a powerful Viking family across two generations, from its early Norwegian ancestry through to fierce battles to defend its honour. Gisli Sursson's Saga is a story of forbidden love and divided loyalties, in which the heroic Gisli vows to avenge the murder of his 'sworn brother' and sets in motion a chain of bloody events that culminate in tragedy. The Saga of the People of Eyri continues the story with Snorri, a cunning leader of the next generation, who uses his intellect to restore social order. Blending gripping narrative, humour, the supernatural and shrewd observation, these tales reveal the richness of the saga tradition and present a vivid record of a society moving from ruthless individualism to a Christian ethic of reconciliation and order.
Release

Gisli Sursson's Saga and the Saga of the People of Eyri

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141941898

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 1660

DOWNLOAD NOW »

These sagas recount fierce feuds in which honour is fought for, sacrifice is demanded, and blood is shed. The fate of the characters at the centre of each saga, however, is very different. Gisli is a traditional Viking-age hero who is determined to exact revenge at any cost and whose death is tragic when it comes. In contrast his nephew, Snorri, represents a new generation and acts to strengthen the new social order. Taken together these sagas reveal the richness and variety of the saga tradition.
Release

The Return of the Dead

Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind

Author: Claude Lecouteux

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594776830

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

View: 4796

DOWNLOAD NOW »

How the ghost stories of pagan times reveal the seamless union existing between the world of the living and the afterlife • Demonstrates how Medieval Christianity transformed the more corporeal ghost encountered in pagan cultures with the disembodied form known today • Explains how the returning dead were once viewed as either troublemakers or guarantors of the social order The impermeable border the modern world sees existing between the world of the living and the afterlife was not visible to our ancestors. The dead could--and did--cross back and forth at will. The pagan mind had no fear of death, but some of the dead were definitely to be dreaded: those who failed to go peacefully into the afterlife but remained on this side in order to right a wrong that had befallen them personally or to ensure that the law promoted by the ancestors was being respected. But these dead individuals were a far cry from the amorphous ectoplasm that is featured in modern ghost stories. These earlier visitors from beyond the grave--known as revenants--slept, ate, and fought like men, even when, like Klaufi of the Svarfdaela Saga, they carried their heads in their arms. Revenants were part of the ancestor worship prevalent in the pagan world and still practiced in indigenous cultures such as the Fang and Kota of equatorial Africa, among others. The Church, eager to supplant this familial faith with its own, engineered the transformation of the corporeal revenant into the disembodied ghost of modern times, which could then be easily discounted as a figment of the imagination or the work of the devil. The sanctified grounds of the church cemetery replaced the burial mounds on the family farm, where the ancestors remained as an integral part of the living community. This exile to the formal graveyard, ironically enough, has contributed to the great loss of the sacred that characterizes the modern world.
Release

The Penguin Classics Book

In Search of the Best Books Ever Written

Author: Henry Eliot

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141990937

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 6576

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.
Release

Penguin Classics: The Catalogue

Author: Penguin Classics

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0718193474

Category: Reference

Page: 176

View: 5824

DOWNLOAD NOW »

'From books, all I seek is to give myself pleasure by an honourable pastime' Michel de Montaigne In 1946, E. V. Rieu's groundbreaking translation of The Odyssey established a cultural legacy that would bring the world's most compelling and influential literature to millions of readers around the globe. For over sixty-five years, Penguin Classics have been making works that were once the sole preserve of academics accessible to everyone; this catalogue offers a complete list of all titles in print across the list - more than 1,200 books, from Aristotle and Austen, to Zola and Zamyatin. It also features Michel de Montaigne's enchanting essay 'On Books'. 'The Penguin Classics, though I designed them to give pleasure even more than instruction, have been hailed as the greatest educative force of the twentieth century. And far be it for me to quarrel with that encomium, for there is no one whom they have educated more than myself' E. V. Rieu
Release

Upgrade Your German

Author: Silke Mentchen,Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781138168176

Category: German language

Page: 248

View: 4249

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Do you want to increase your chances of getting a top grade in your German exam? Upgrade your German offers a thirty-day revision programme that is guaranteed to improve your results. In the countdown to your exams, simply spend between 30 minutes and an hour a day with this book, and see your mark upgrade. This short revision guide focuses on three key strategies for improving your exam results: eliminating basic errors and slips of the pen; increasing and consolidating your vocabulary; and improving the style and quality of your German.
Release