The Long Ships
The Long Ships
Frans G. Bengtsson

Introduction by Michael Chabon
Translated by Michael Meyer

Frans Gunnar Bengtsson's The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson’s hero, Red Orm—canny, courageous, and above all lucky—is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take his place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination. Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson’s book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.

Title The Long Ships
Author Frans G. Bengtsson
Introduction by Michael Chabon
Translated by Michael Meyer
Publisher NYRB Classics
Title First Published 06 July 2010
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 520 p.
ISBN-10 1590173465
ISBN-13 9781590173466
Publication Date 06 July 2010
Main content page count 520
Weight 16 oz.

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