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Book Title: Röde Orm|
The author of the book: Frans G. Bengtsson
ISBN 13: 9789172633018
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Edition: Pan Pocket
Date of issue: July 22nd 2002
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Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the 10th century when the Vikings roamed & rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson’s hero, Red Orm—canny, courageous & above all lucky—is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings & made to take his place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he's initiated into the pleasures of the senses & fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, & from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings, clans & dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England & returns home an off-the-cuff Christian & a very rich man, tho back on his native turf new trials & tribulations will test his cunning & determination. Packed with pitched battles & blood feuds & told throughout with wit & high spirits, Bengtsson’s book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.
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Read information about the authorFrans G. Bengtsson (1894–1954) was born and raised in the southern Swedish province of Skåne, the son of an estate manager. His early writings, including a doctoral thesis on Geoffrey Chaucer and two volumes of poetry written in what were considered antiquated verse forms, revealed a career-long interest in historical literary modes and themes. Bengtsson was a prolific translator (of Paradise Lost, The Song of Roland, and Walden), essayist (he published five collections of his writings, mostly on literary and military topics), and biographer (his two-volume biography of Charles XII (Karl XII:s levnad) won the Swedish Academy’s annual prize in 1938). In 1941 he published Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled (Red Orm at Home and on the Western Way), followed, in 1945, by Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled (Red Orm at Home and on the Eastern Way). The two books were published in a single volume in the United States and England in 1954 as The Long Ships. During the Second World War, Bengtsson was outspoken in his opposition to the Nazis, refusing to allow for a Norwegian translation of The Long Ships while the country was still under German occupation.
Bengtsson married Gerda Fineman in 1939. He studied at the University of Lund from 1912, receiving his licentiate in philosophy in 1930. He died in 1954 after a long illness.
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