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Burial Rites: Kent, Hannah

Burial Rites

Kent, Hannah

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ISBN 10: 0316243914 / ISBN 13: 9780316243919
Published by Little, Brown & Co., New York, 2013
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First printing of the U.S. edition. Originally published by Picador/Pan Macmillan Australia, May 2013. Dark blue spine and light blue boards with blue endpapers. 322 pages. Book is in fine, clean, like-new condition in a fine dust jacket, now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ This highly regarded first historical novel by Australian author Hannah Kent takes place in Iceland in the 1820s, and is based on a true event. A young woman, Agnes Magnúsdóttir, has been accused of murder and is sentenced to execution by beheading. She is sent to live for several months with a family on a remote farm until the time of her execution, and is visited by a priest to assist her in reconciling herself with God. As Agnes awaits her inevitable fate with dread, the priest and the family get to know her and learn another side to the story of her involvement in the murder. The narrative provides a convincing portrait of the Icelanders of the time: noble and intelligent, yet strong-minded and passionate; God-fearing, but still connected to the natural spiritualism of earlier times. A captivating read. ~~ This copy is signed by Kent on the title page. 4to - 9.5" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002236

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Title: Burial Rites

Publisher: Little, Brown & Co., New York

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First North American Edition

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013: Exploring the final months of an Icelander maid charged with murder and condemned to execution in 1829 is hardly a reader-friendly subject for a novel. But in her mesmerizing debut, Hannah Kent offers a retelling of actual historical events that makes it impossible not to become invested in understanding the guilt--or innocence--of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland. Kent seamlessly shifts between historical documents and different characters’ perspectives with a lyricism that makes every tortured thought and charged interaction echo in the silence of Iceland’s stark landscape. As details of Agnes’s involvement in the crime come to light, this thoroughly researched debut novel asks us to examine the significance of stories--both the ones that others tell about us and the ones that we tell about ourselves--ultimately offering Agnes a chance at a more compassionate story than the one history has given her. --Heather Hunt

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"Little Forest" in Saudarkrokur, North Iceland Traditional turf homes, North Iceland Glumbaer, North Iceland Horses in Vatnsdalur, North Iceland

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