Merab's Beauty and Other Stories: Including the Way of a Serpent

3.96 avg rating
( 108 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060162290: Merab's Beauty and Other Stories: Including the Way of a Serpent
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Combines rural folktale and biblical argument in a collection of tales that explores the power of words and includes the tale "The Way of the Serpent"

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Language Notes:

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Swedish

From Publishers Weekly:

These 14 modern folktales, set for the most part in isolated, pre-20th-century Swedish villages and farms, powerfully depict the plight of rural peasants. A stern moralist as well as an accomplished storyteller, Lindgren ( Bathsheba ) pits his characters' hubris against the forces of nature and an uncompromising God. In the title story Gabriel Israelssom, an old bachelor besotted by the beauty of his cows, must take on the ghost of his dead father, who is jealous of both the animals' loveliness and his son's affection for them. "The Stump Grubber" describes the gruesome death of a farmer as he attempts to wrestle a gigantic tree stump from the ground; he thinks of it as "a primitive monster" over which he must gain mastery. The novella "The Way of the Serpent" tells of the perverted relationship between a family of peasants and a moneylender, the relentless nemesis of many farmers whose land he repossesses and whom he pushes deeper and deeper in debt. For "rent" he demands payment in sexual services from the women in the family. Nineteenth-century realism, biblical morality and Lindgren's personal mysticism are combined successfully in this unusual collection.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Lindgren, Torgny
Published by HarperCollins, New York, NY (1990)
ISBN 10: 0060162295 ISBN 13: 9780060162290
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rose's Books IOBA
(Harwich Port, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, New York, NY, 1990. Quarter Cloth. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First American. New York, NY, HarperCollins, 1990. First American edition. 8vo. Brown quarter cloth over rust-colored boards with gilt lettering embossed on spine, rust-colored endpapers, 243 pp. New in a new dust jacket, protected by a mylar cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 020017

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Torgny Lindgren
Published by HarperCollins (1990)
ISBN 10: 0060162295 ISBN 13: 9780060162290
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0060162295

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Torgny Lindgren
Published by Harpercollins (1990)
ISBN 10: 0060162295 ISBN 13: 9780060162290
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0060162295

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Lindgren, Torgny
Published by Harpercollins (1990)
ISBN 10: 0060162295 ISBN 13: 9780060162290
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110060162295

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 42.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds