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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 Kent seamlessly shifts between historical documents and different characters’ perspectives with a lyricism that makes every tortured thought and charged interaction echo in the silence of Iceland’s stark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 About the Author:
Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. BURIAL RITES is her first novel.
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Book Description Picador, London,UK, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing. This is a first edition, first printing (first impression) with a full numberline to the copyright page. The Jacket which is not price clipped is in as new condition as is the book which is clearly unread. The author's first novel. Seller Inventory # 003624
Book Description Picador, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Debut novel by the very talented Hannah Kent. Short listed for the Guardian First Book Award. Signed, first lined (from the prologue) "They said I must die." and publication dated 29th August 2013 by the author to the title page. Scarce with these attributes. The film of this book will be directed by Gary Ross as reported by The Guardian newspaper. A fine hardcover in a like dustwrapper the first edition hardcover features black page edges which have very minor marks due to this finish.***********SHIPPED IN A BOX WITH PLENTY OF PROTECTION. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 72611