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    The Long Ships (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Frans Gunnar Bengtsson, Translated by MR Michael Meyer, Introduction by Michael Chabon

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    DescriptionFrans Gunnar Bengtsson's "The Long Ships" resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson's hero, Red Orm--canny, courageous, and above all lucky--is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take his place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination. Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson's book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.

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    The Long Ships
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    By (author) Frans Gunnar Bengtsson, Translated by MR Michael Meyer, Introduction by Michael Chabon
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 503
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9781590173466
    ISBN 10: 1590173465

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    06 July 2010
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    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Frans G. Bengtsson (1894-1954) was born and raised in the southern Swedish province of Skane, 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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    "It's terrific fun, the kind of book that moves the fustiest of critics to pronounce it a rollicking yarn or something to that effect. Translation for us mere mortals: There are no boring parts to skip...Bengtsson writes the most delightful version of historical fiction...Here is the buried treasure, readers, newly unearthed. Now, go forth and read." --"The Christian Science Monitor" "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." "--L Magazine" " " "This extraordinary saga of epic adventure on land and sea...is a masterpiece of historical fiction...The Long Ships should be a rare delight. And not least of the rewards of reading Mr. Bengtsson's gorgeous romance is the sly humor that is sprinkled through it." -Orville Prescot"t, The New York Times" Bengtsson "keeps his readers eager for the next chapter. He has a sharp eye for the picturesque and the comic in daily living, and though his style is sophisticated he often writes with a kind of festive abandon." -Hudson Strode "The New York Herald Tribune" ""This is a lusty man's book that women, too, w