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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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*Soon to be a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence*

A brilliant literary debut, 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, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

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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

Photos from Hannah Kent, Author of Burial Rites

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

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