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BURIAL RITES. by  Hannah Kent - First Edition - (2013) - from Bookfever.com, IOBA and Biblio.com

BURIAL RITES.

by Kent, Hannah

Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket./fine


New York & Boston:: Little Brown,, (2013). Fine in fine dust jacket.. First US printing. The highly praised first novel by this young Australian author, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, this brings to vivid life the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. A genuinely gripping and poetic novel, highly recommended. 321 pp.
  • Bookseller: Bookfever.com, IOBA US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 68240
  • Title: BURIAL RITES.
  • Author: Kent, Hannah
  • Book condition: Used - Fine in fine dust jacket.
  • Jacket condition: fine
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 0316243914
  • ISBN 13: 9780316243919
  • Publisher: Little Brown,
  • Place: New York & Boston:
  • Date published: (2013)
  • Keywords: first novel, australian author,iceland, murder, execution, arc, uncorrected proof,
  • Bookseller catalogs: Historical Fiction;


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On Nov 17 2013, CloggieDownunder said:
  "Burial Rites is the first novel by Australian author, Hannah Kent. In 2003, during an exchange year in Iceland, Hannah Kent became interested with events leading up to the last execution to occur in that country. Thus began ten years of research into Agnes Magnusdottir, beheaded by axe in 1829 for her role in the murder of two sleeping men. Eventually Kent produced a novel in which she aimed to show another side to this condemned woman. This novel won the Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, and deservedly so. Kent takes the many facts she has uncovered in her extensive research and, along with fictional likelihoods,weaves them into a fascinating tale of love, cruelty, passion and betrayal. Kent fills out the real and fictional characters, giving them a depth that cannot be gleaned from recorded data. A great wealth of interesting facts about early 19th century Iceland is incorporated into the story, giving it a wonderful authenticity. With sparkling prose, Kent evokes both the feel of northern Iceland and emotions of her characters. Gems like “I staggered in the light of the world and took deep gulps of fresh sea air. It was late in the day: the wet mouth of the afternoon was full on my face. My soul blossomed in that brief moment….” and “I had no friends. I didn’t understand the landscape. Only the outlying tongues of rock scarred the perfect kiss of sea and sky – there was no one and nothing else. There was nowhere else to go.” abound. Kent’s mentor for this masterpiece was, very appropriately, Geraldine Brooks: this genre is right up her alley. This is a powerful and moving first novel, and readers will eagerly await Hannah Kent’s next work. "

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