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Stories By Foreign Authors: Scandinavian, Björnstjerne, Björnson, et al.
1 Björnstjerne, Björnson, et al.Stories By Foreign Authors: Scandinavian
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1901 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 4.5" x 6.75" 
Copyright 1989; this is a 1901 printing. Small volume in green cloth and gilt spine titling. 179 pages. Black & white frontispiece portrait of Björnstjerne with tissue guard. ~ Book has minor rubbing along edges and corners with two color-lightened spots on front cover. A spattering of small stains (not foxing) on fore-edge of text block, and a few very light foxing spots on front endpapers. Remaining interior pages are clean and unmarked. Book is now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ A compilation of six stories by five authors: Björnson Björnstjerne, Juhani Aho, Meïr Goldschmidt, Alexander Kielland, and Frederika Bremer. Björnstjerne (1832-1910) was a Norwegian writer and the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, and considered one of the Four Great Norwegian writers. He is also famous for writing the lyrics to the Norwegian national anthem. This book contains two of his stories: "The Father" and "The Railroad and the Churchyard." ~~ Aho (1861-1921) was a Finnish novelist and short story writer. Included is his most famous story, "When Father Brought Home the Lamp," about the effect of innovation and technology on people living in the countryside. ~~ Goldschmidt (1819-1897) was a Danish author and innovative journalist whose work often reflected his Jewish background. His story is titled "The Flying Mail." ~~ Kielland (1849-1906) was another of the Four Greats in Norwegian literature and was known for his realism. His story is titled "Two Friends." ~~ Bremer (1801-1865) was a Swedish writer and feminist. Her story is titled "Hopes." 
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The Saga of Viga Glum, Boucher, Alan
2 Boucher, AlanThe Saga of Viga Glum
Reykjavík Iceland Review 1986 Soft Cover Near Fine 6" x 8.25" 
A title in the Iceland Review Saga Series. Edition not stated. Blue paperback with illustration on cover. 95 pages. Book is in near fine condition with a slight bend in the front cover and light creasing at lower front corner. Interior pages clean and unmarked. ~~ The Iceland Review Saga Series offers representative samples from the best of the Icelandic saga literature, with the aim of providing accurate and readable translations as well as scholarly and critical information for study. ~ The Saga of Viga-Glum ("killer-Glum") is the story of a ruthless chieftain in north Iceland and his conflict with those who challenged him. "The events of the story take place against a background of heathen beliefs and traditions and the laws of the ancient commonwealth that lasted in Iceland for three hundred years. The straightforward, rapid action of the Saga and vivid characterization of its chief protagonist make this one of the most readable of the shorter Sagas of Icelanders." --Foreword. Copies of titles in this desirable series are somewhat scarce. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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Australian Collection: Australia's Greatest Books, Dutton, Geoffrey
3 Dutton, GeoffreyAustralian Collection: Australia's Greatest Books
North Ryde, NSW, Australia Angus & Robertson 1986 0207149615 / 9780207149610 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 9" x 12 1/2" 
First printing. Burnt orange cloth with gold titling on spine and on cover with decorative blocking. Mustard endpapers. 406 pages. Profuse color and black & white illustrations. Index of Authors and Titles. ~ Book is clean, straight, with light rubbing along bottom edges and head of spine. Front endpapers beginning to tear at lower part of the hinge, but this is a superficial flaw and the binding is intact and strong. (Please see bookseller photo.) Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is crisp and bright with no wear. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ An exemplary collection of classic fiction and nonfiction pieces from a wide range of Australian writers, representing a distillation of those which helped shape/reflect the image of Australia. Included are Watkin Tench, May Gibbs, C.E.W. Bean, Patrick White, Joan Lindsay, and A.B. Facey, to name a few. The compilation includes stories, biographies, humor, histories and children's works, and the pieces are accompanied by critical essays and biographies of the writers as well as their picture. The book also features a selection of paintings, photographs and drawings by eminent Australian artists, such as Frederick McCubbin, Russell Drysdale, and Norman Lindsay. This is a lovely book and a fine introduction to Australia's body of art and writing. Please note that this is an oversized and heavy book and may require an extra shipping charge, particularly for international orders. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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McSweeney's - Issue 35  (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), Eggers, Dave (editor)
4 Eggers, Dave (editor)McSweeney's - Issue 35 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern)
San Francisco McSweeneys Ltd. 2010 193478172X / 9781934781722 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Jordan Crane; Robert Barnes 
Assumed first edition; no additional printings/impressions stated. Illustrated softcover with self-flaps; bottom (black) portion of cover made with heat-sensitive disappearing ink. 271 pages. Cover design and b & w illustrations by Jordan Crane. Color illustrations ("1,000 Lunch Bags") by Robert Barnes. ~ Book is near fine, with some rubbing on the top/bottom edges of the flap folds. ~~ This quarterly issue contains "tremendous new stories from Steven Millhauser ["Phantoms"] and Roddy Doyle ["Local"]; an epic, genre-shattering novella from Hilton Als ["His Sister, Her Monologue"]; and a really excellent special section on Norway's finest writers." - editors. Theater critic Hilton Als's story is only the second piece of fiction he has published (the first was in 1979). Also contains a short story by Patrick Crerand ["The Glory of Keys"]. The Norwegian author contributors include John Erik Riley and Mikkel Bugge [Introduction], Hans Herbjornsrud, Johan Harstad, Laila Stien, Roy Jacobsen, Tor Ulven, Ingvar Ambjornsen, Gunnhild Oyehaug, Frode Grytten, Per Petterson, and Flamme Forlag. This latter section makes for a wonderful introduction to contemporary Norwegian writing. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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McSweeney's Issue 39, Eggers, Dave (editor)
5 Eggers, Dave (editor)McSweeney's Issue 39
San Francisco, CA McSweeney's Publishing 2011 1936365103 / 9781936365104 Hard Cover As New No Jacket, as Issued 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Pictorial hardcover. 283 pages. Book is as new, unread. Protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ "With our first photo cover since Issue 5 (and a gorgeous one!), Issue 39 offers a whole lot to behold—Elmore Leonard’s latest Karen Sisco caper and Roberto Bolaño’s Neochilean road trip, J.T.K. Belle’s unkillable bovine and Benjamin Weissman’s Louella Tarantula, Julie Hecht on Marimekko dresses and Jess Walter on going to cardboard, and amazing, far-ranging fiction from Amelia Gray and Abi Maxwell and Yannick Murphy, too. (Plus some pretty incredible nonfiction on the fall of the Peacock Throne.) Don’t miss this one! "-- publisher. Other contributors: Jennie Erin Smith, Tom Barbash, Vaclav Havel, E. C. Osondu, and Tabitha Soren. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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McSweeney's Issue 40 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), Eggers, Dave (editor)
6 Eggers, Dave (editor)McSweeney's Issue 40 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern)
San Francisco, CA McSweeney's Publishing 2012 1936365359 / 9781936365357 First Edition Hardcover/softcover As New No Jacket, as Issued 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Two volumes: one hardcover, one softcover. 183 & 202 pages, respectively. The hardcover volume is titled "In My Home There Is No More Sorrow: Ten Days in Rwanda," by Rick Bass, the award-winning environmental activist and writer. He and his wife and daughter went to Rwanda upon the invitation of a colleague, partly to help teach a writer's workshop at the National University of Rwanda, partly to tour the country to see the mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park and partly to experience the country and its history. McSweeney's calls this piece an "extraordinary account . . . the most ambitious nonfiction piece McSweeney's has ever run, and without a doubt one of the best essays of the year." Includes eight pages of color photographs. ~ The softcover volume contains stories by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, David Vann, Kevin Moffett, Etgar Keret, Jason Jägel (which appears as a smaller softcover bound into the larger volume), Neil Gaiman, Nathan C. Martin, and Adam Levine. In addition, a special feature of this volume is a collection of writings titled "I Am Going Down on January 25: Writings From the Egyptian Revolution," and collected by Noor Elashi and Daniel Gumbiner (introduction by Noori Elashi). Thirteen Egyptian writers are represented. Black & white illustrations. Another fine issue of writing and art from this creative literary journal. 
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Harper's (Monthly) Magazine -- Set of Two Issues: June 1932/No. 985 and July 1932/No. 986, Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)
7 Hartman, Lee F. (Ed.)Harper's (Monthly) Magazine -- Set of Two Issues: June 1932/No. 985 and July 1932/No. 986
New York Harper & Bros. 1932 Original Wraps Very Good 
Orange wraps. Very good condition, with age-related page toning and some rubbing and wear to head/heel of spines. ~~This pair of vintage Harper's Magazine issues are notable for the first-time appearance of the short story "Gal Young Un" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Part 1 appears in the June issue and Part 2 appears in the July issue. This story was accepted by Harper's after having been rejected by Scribner's Magazine--and was subsequently awarded the O. Henry Memorial Prize in 1933 for best short story. The story takes place in backcountry of Florida during the 1920s Prohibition. A wealthy widow named Mattie is courted by and marries an opportunistic young bootlegger and endures his neglect, but her spirit keeps her on top in the end. The story was made into a movie in 1979. Rawlings (1896-1953) is best known for her novel "The Yearling" and for her "Cross Creek" books. ~~ A nice set of collectible Rawlings literature, offered as a set at a slightly reduced price. Please see individual issue listings for pagination details and additional content information. 
Price: 72.00 USD
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Montecore : The Silence of the Tiger, Khemiri, Jonas Hassen
8 Khemiri, Jonas HassenMontecore : The Silence of the Tiger
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2011 0307270955 / 9780307270955 First American Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Chris Silas Neal (jacket design) 
It was translated into several languages and internationally acclaimed, but it was not translated into English. Montecore is his second novel and was awarded the PO Enquist Literary Prize in 2007 for the most promising young European writer, as well as the Sveriges Radio's Novel Prize for best Swedish novel of 2007. This novel also marks Khemiri's U.S. debut. Echoing his own background, this is the story of a young Swedish writer (also named Khemiri), the son of a Tunisian immigrant, who receives a letter from his estranged father's old friend, Kadir. Their sudden correspondence opens up a discovery process for the young author in learning who his father really is, reconciling his own view with the commentary by Kadir, "an effervescent storyteller with delightfully anarchic linguistic idiosyncrasies," (which the translator is said to have captured brilliantly). He is then spurred to write a story about coming of age as the son of an immigrant. In addition to addressing the serious issue of the clash of modern-day Swedish ideals of tolerance and diversity with the reality of racism and xenophobia, this story is also tender and amusing. A NY Times review states: "The novel is at its most exciting on the level of linguistic performance. A constantly changing creole, its voice shifts registers and references, revealing the substantial emotional gaps that open up in characters and cultures when they're remixed in this way . . . the novel is funny, ambitious and inventive. Also black rage and tragedy pulse beneath the fireworks." This is a nice clean review copy of this novel from an up-and-coming (and already arrived) young Swedish author. Laid in is a one-page publisher's announcement. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Montecore : The Silence of the Tiger, Khemiri, Jonas Hassen
9 Khemiri, Jonas HassenMontecore : The Silence of the Tiger
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2011 0307270955 / 9780307270955 First American Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Chris Silas Neal (jacket design) Signed by Author
Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. Originally published in Sweden in 2006 as "Montecore: En Unik Tiger." Black binding with silver spine titling. 311 rough-cut style pages. ~ Book is clean, tight, as new and unread. Dust jacket is also fine, now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Khemiri is an award-winning Swedish author and playwright whose first novel, One Eye Red (2003) was Sweden's bestselling novel of 2004, and received the Boras Tidning Award in 2004 for best literary debut, Sweden's most illustrious award for a first book. It was translated into several languages and internationally acclaimed, but it was not translated into English. Montecore is his second novel and was awarded the PO Enquist Literary Prize in 2007 for the most promising young European writer, as well as the Sveriges Radio's Novel Prize for best Swedish novel of 2007. This novel also marks Khemiri's U.S. debut. Echoing his own background, this is the story of a young Swedish writer (also named Khemiri), the son of a Tunisian immigrant, who receives a letter from his estranged father's old friend, Kadir. Their sudden correspondence opens up a discovery process for the young author in learning who his father really is, reconciling his own view with the commentary by Kadir, "an effervescent storyteller with delightfully anarchic linguistic idiosyncrasies," (which the translator is said to have captured brilliantly). He is then spurred to write a story about coming of age as the son of an immigrant. In addition to addressing the serious issue of the clash of modern-day Swedish ideals of tolerance and diversity with the reality of racism and xenophobia, this story is also tender and amusing. A NY Times review states: "The novel is at its most exciting on the level of linguistic performance. A constantly changing creole, its voice shifts registers and references, revealing the substantial emotional gaps that open up in characters and cultures when they're remixed in this way . . . the novel is funny, ambitious and inventive. Also black rage and tragedy pulse beneath the fireworks." ~This copy is signed on the title page by Khemiri. This promising young Swedish author's signature is hard to find in the U.S., making this a scarce copy. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Saga of Aun the Bow-Bender [Áns saga bogsveigis] : A Medieval Norse Tale, Larson, Willard
10 Larson, WillardThe Saga of Aun the Bow-Bender [Áns saga bogsveigis] : A Medieval Norse Tale
Baltimore, MD Gateway Press 1995 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 9.25" Tall 
Translated out of the Old Norse by the author. "Printed by friends of the museum in celebration of a 15th year of growth and progress of the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle WA." Bright green buckram binding with black spine titling. Green, illustrated endpapers. 102 pages. Black and white frontispiece illustration of Thórir and Aun. ~ Book is in fine, clean condition, no wear, interior pages unmarked. Dust jacket is very good: bright and crisp, with small bits of rubbing wear at head/heel of spine and flap folds and a few small closed edge tears. Front panel has a gold sticker commemorating the Nordic Heritage Museum 15th anniversary, 1980-1995. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ The saga of Aun the Bow-bender is one of the Old Norse Legendary Sagas [Fornaldsögur], which take place before Iceland was colonized; it is one of four sagas that belong to the subset of the Lengendary Sagas called the Hrafnistumannasögur, which take place in northern Norway and all concern the personage Ketil Trout and his relatives. Written down about 1320 A.D., this saga tells of the heroic life of Aun, an independent farmer blessed with uncommon physical strength, who enters into a feud with King Ingjald. Many Icelanders trace their ancestry back to the men ofAun's extended family. For many years, the Legendary Sagas were overlookd as unimportant by Old Norse scholars, but in the last few decades they have become the subject of study. ~~This book represents the first translation of this saga into English. WorldCat shows only six copies owned by institutions worldwide. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Three in Norway, By Two of Them, Lees, J.A.; Clutterbuck, W.J.
11 Lees, J.A.; Clutterbuck, W.J.Three in Norway, By Two of Them
Oslo Andresen & Butenschiøn 2001 8276940951 / 9788276940954 Reprint Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8.25" Tall 
Originally published in 1882 by Longmans, Green & Co, London. "With map and fifty-nine illustrations on wood from sketches by the author." Preface by Anton Fredrik Andresen (and translated by Kevin M.J. Quirk). Mustard cloth with gold spine and cover titling and brown stamped illustration on cover; map endpapers. 349 pages. Black and white woodcut illustrations. ~ Book is clean, tight with no wear, interior pages unmarked. There is a small, very pale and unobtrusive smattering of foxing spots on the fore edge, and the half-title page bears an ink gift inscription. The dust jacket is clean and crisp, with some light wrinkling along the top edge and two very tiny tears at head of spine. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ "The three young Britons who, in the summer of 1880, set out on a hunting and fishing expedition in the mountains of Jotunheimen, could hardly have imagined that their simple tale--so full of humour, ridicule and ironic self-criticism, and yet so rich in perceptive observations--would become such a treasured classic of generation after generation of Norwegians . . . but it is not only Norwegians who like the book. . . . James A. Lees (1852-1931) and Walter J. Clutterbuck (1853-1937) do not rank amongst the most famous of authors of England. They were first and foremost hunting, fishing and wildlife enthusiasts. Yet, they wrote about the kind of life they loved, and in a way that set a new standard for such accounts. The reviewers at once remarked on the novelty in their approach: the humour and lack of all sentimentality, combined with precise observations, graphic wildlife descriptions and a totally unrestrained joy of living on their own surrounded by nature." --Preface. Which of the two authors contributed which text and which illustrations is unknown, as was apparently the authors' intent, since in the book they used pseudonyms (Esau, The Skipper, and John) and in fact the book was originally published anonymously. (The third traveller, Charles Kennedy, seems to have played a lesser role.) Since all three men kept diaries and sketchbooks, it was surely a collaborative effort. This engaging book is one of the most reprinted travel accounts in Norway, and is often part of school curriculums. This is a nice, attractive hardcover copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Plays of Strindberg, Volume I, Strindberg, August
12 Strindberg, AugustThe Plays of Strindberg, Volume I
New York Modern Library 1966 First Modern Library Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
"First Modern Library Edition, September 1966" stated on copyright page. Modern Library No. 369. Introduced, and translated from the Swedish, by Michael Meyer. Green cloth with Toledano 11 spine. Brown endpapers with ML decoration. 468 pages + 1 page with playwright/translator information + 10-page list of Modern Library titles. ~ Book is in fine condition, clean, straight, no fraying or rubbing, with a mere hint of browning at head of spine. Interior paging clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is quite nice, with light age-browning along top edges of flap folds and front vertical flap fold, and minor rubbing mainly at head/tail of spine. Price-clipped, but with part of the "ML" still showing. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Strindberg, the "father" of modern Swedish literature, wrote prolifically during his four-decade career and, in addition to his fiction and poetry, produced more than 60 plays. This anthology contains a selection of eight plays which represent different periods and influences of his career, eg. Naturalism, Expressionism, psychological/occultism ("Inferno" period), and various dramatic styles he used, such as short drama, comedy, historical drama, and chamber plays. Plays included: The Father ; Miss Julie (includig the notable author's preface) ; Creditors ; The Stronger ; Playing With Fire ; Erik the Fourteenth ; Storm ; The Ghost Sonata. Each play is prefaced by a several-page Introduction by Michael Meyer, a noted Strindberg authority. At the back of the book there is a chronology of Strindberg's plays. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Red Room, Strindberg, August
13 Strindberg, AugustThe Red Room
New York G. P. Putnam/Knickerbocker Press 1913 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Black cloth with gold spine titling on red block background, and front cover lettering on red block background with author's name in red at bottom of cover. 393 pages + 3 full-page ads for Strindberg works + 1 page ad for "De Profundis," 2nd ed., by Oscar Wilde. ~ Book is square and clean, age brittle at head/tail of spine with a thin piece chipped off of head. Corners only lightly worn. A small amount of the red background on spine rubbed. Front and rear hinges are fragile and show cracks in the paper, but hinges are still intact. Lacking dust jacket. ~~ The Red Room (originally published in Swedish in 1879) is possibly Strindberg's most famous work and has been called the first modern Swedish novel. It was also the book that first brought him fame. A satire on Stockholm society of the time, it is about a young man who leaves his civil service job to become an author and journalist. He soon finds nothing but corruption and hypocrisy in all areas of society--politics, business, publishing, etc. He despairs of the folly of his literary career, and joins a bohemian discussion group that meets regularly in the Red Room in Bern's Restaurant (the same locale where Strindberg himself often socialized with artists and authors). A nice intact copy of this classic piece of literature. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Treve, Terhune, Albert Payson
14 Terhune, Albert PaysonTreve
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1932 Reprint Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 9.25" Tall Morgan Stinemetz (dust jacket Illus.) 
Blue cloth with dark blue spine and cover titling and dog illustration stamped on front cover. Blue and white illustrated endpapers. Color frontispiece by Morgan Stinemetz which matches dust jacket. 312 rough-cut style pages. Book is in excellent condition, straight, binding tight and square, text block retains blue publisher top stain, no edge wear, only sign of age is a mild yellowing of the endpapers and outer text block and some very light unobtrusive foxing on the title page. Interior pages are otherwise clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is also in very nice condition and very much intact; bright orange on the front with yellow titling and the Stinemetz collie illustration. Spine is sunned. Rear panel is red. There is some minimal chipping at head/heel of spine and flap folds, a small hole near base of spine, three short closed edge tears, and some overall light scuffing and soiling. Please see bookseller photos. Front lap has "100100" price and also states the following: "This book is complete and unabridged! From first page to last it is exactly as the author wrote it and as originally published at the higher price. The low price is made possible by printing from the original plates and by the author's acceptance of a reduced royalty." Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ This copy is estimated to have been published in the mid-1930s. This determination has been made by the fact that one of the list of books on the back jacket flap is "The Way of a Dog" (1932). Also, a new Grosset & Dunlap reprint edition (which is different from this one) appeared in 1941. This is quite an attractive early reprint copy of one of Terhune's most popular dog stories. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Ice-Shirt, Vollmann, William T.
15 Vollmann, William T.The Ice-Shirt
London Andre Deutsch 1990 0233985069 / 9780233985060 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
This is the "true first" UK edition, which preceded the U.S. edition. Black binding with gold spine titling. 404 pages. Black and white hand-drawn illustrations and maps by the author. ~ Book is fine clean, tight, no wear or marks. Dust jacket is also fine, bright, crisp, and protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Book One of the series called "Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes" and about the discovery, settlement, and transformation of North America. As of 2012 four books of the projected seven in the series have been published. This novel focuses on the Norse explorers from Greenland who voyage to the Vinland (North America). Prominently figured is the rivalry between two women, Freydis (daughter of Erik the Red) and Gudrid, a Christian, who nevertheless are unified in their assault on the native 'skraelings.' Based on the Norse sagas, embellished by imagination, and written in Vollmann's now-signature journalistic/travelogue/novelist style. Reference material provided at the back of the book includes a general glossary, as well as glossaries of personal names; dynasties, races and monsters; places; and texts. There is also a "Chronology of the First Age of Vinland" as well as source notes. Vollmann won the 2005 Book Award for Fiction for his novel "Europe Central," and is considered one of America's finest contemporary writers. This copy is signed by Vollmann in green pen on the title page. A beautiful copy of a very original work. 
Price: 130.00 USD
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