“Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland”: Introduced by Viðar Hreinsson

On Art and Aesthetics

Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland with an Introduction by Viðar Hreinsson (2013, Penguin Classics)

I haven’t posted on any art from Iceland – historical or contemporary – as yet. I was looking for some Icelandic literature when I found several volumes on narratives from the Middle Ages. A good book is the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition The Sagas of the Icelanders – first published around 2000, containing material from the years 1000 to 1500. But it’s too long – 700+ pages so I decided to start with something shorter, another Penguin Classic titled Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland. The book is introduced by Viðar Hreinsson, an independent scholar at Reykjavik Academy. He grew up on a farm in Northern Iceland and studied Icelandic and literary theory in Iceland and Copenhagen. He has taught and lectured on various aspects of Icelandic literary and cultural history both in…

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