Burial Rites: A Novel

Burial Rites: A Novel

*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… (more)

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Kent’s immersion in Icelandic lore seems total, though she came from the other side of the world. Great stories are universal.

Ms. Kent aligns Agnes's hypnotic storytelling with the island's oral tradition. She uses passages from the 13th-century Laxdaela Saga, about a murderous love triangle, while delivering her parallel tale of seduction and betrayal.

Burial Rites is a haunting glimpse into an obscure historical event and remote geographical region.


Book Details  


Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 10, 2013)

Parent ISBN: 9780316243902

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 1.6 MB

Language: English


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