Jane Smiley's ten works of fiction include The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, Moo, A Thousand Acres (which won the Pulitzer Prize), and most recently the bestselling Horse Heaven.
The Icelandic Sagas are among the masterpieces of world literature whose composition stretches from about the year 1000 to 1500. Presenting the adventures of Norse and Viking heroes, the sagas are told with ritual simplicity and a realism that anticipate the modern novel. This volume offers nine full sagas and six tales, all new translations by various hands and all part of The Complete Sagas of the Icelanders, also edited by Thorsson. Published to mark the 1000th anniversary of Leif Ericksson's voyage to North America, as told in the Vinland Sagas, this selection includes (along with the Vinland Sagas) the famous Egil's Saga and that of Gisli Sursson. The volume also offers a preface by novelist Jane Smiley and a scholarly introduction by Robert Kellogg of the University of Virginia. Wonderful for anyone interested in world literature, this selection is recommended for public and academic libraries.--Thomas L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"One of the great marvels of World Literature.... This is a dream
come true." --Ted Hughes"A testimony to the human spirit's
ability not only to endure what fate may send it but to be renewed
by the experience." --Seamus Heaney"The glory of the Sagas is
indisputable." --Milan Kundera"Generally excellent, accurate and
readable, these translations are sure to become the standard
versions." --The Times Literary Supplement (London)