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The Resource Wayward Heroes

Wayward Heroes

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Wayward Heroes
Title
Wayward Heroes
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Subject
Summary
“Drawing on historical events, including King Olaf’s reign in Norway and the burning of Chartres Cathedral, Laxness revises and renews the bloody sagas of Icelandic tradition, producing not just a spectacular historical novel but one of coal-dark humor and psychological depth.” – Publishers Weekly First published in 1952, Halldór Laxness’s Wayward Heroes offers an unlikely representation of modern literature. A reworking of medieval Icelandic sagas, the novel is set against the backdrop of the medieval Norse world. Laxness satirizes the spirit of sagas, criticizing the global militarism and belligerent national posturing rampant in the postwar buildup to the Cold War. He does that through the novel’s main characters, the sworn brothers Þormóður Bessason and Þorgeir Hávarsson, warriors who blindly pursue ideals that lead to the imposition of power through violent means. The two see the world around them only through a veil of heroic illusion: kings are fit either to be praised in poetry or toppled from their thrones, other men only to kill or be killed, women only to be mythic fantasies. Replete with irony, absurdity, and pathos, the novel more than anything takes on the character of tragedy, as the sworn brothers’ quest to live out their ideals inevitably leaves them empty-handed and ruined
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  • Laxness, Halldor
  • Roughton, Phillip
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Literature
  • Thriller
  • Mythology
  • Fiction
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Wayward Heroes
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1a595c39-bde6-47fc-8551-c093c0289bc4
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780914671107
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Wayward Heroes
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1a595c39-bde6-47fc-8551-c093c0289bc4
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780914671107
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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