Western Icelandic Short Stories

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Kirsten Wolf
Univ. of Manitoba Press, 1992 - Fiction - 139 pages
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This selection of Western Icelandic writings, the first of its kind in English, represents a wide collection of first and second generation Icelandic-Canadian authors.
The stories, first published between 1895 and 1930, are set mainly in North America (especially Manitoba). They reflect a weath of literary activity, from the numerous Western Icelandic newspapers and journals, to the reading circles and cultural and literary societies that supported them. The stories show a wide range of experiences and influences, including Old Norse Icelandic literature and romantic nationalism, but they also reveal the emergence of a literature that bears a unique cultural imprint.
"Western Icelandic Short Stories" includes some of the best wirting from the period n narrative, descriptive, comical, satirical, and serious. The stories may be read as much for enjoyment as for what they reveal about the Western Icelandic literary tradition.
 

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Contents

Stones for Bread
3
The Sentence
13
Fellow Students
17
Greater Love Hath No Man than This
25
At Low Tide
35
How I Defeated the Local Board
41
An Icelandic Giant
49
Álfur of Borg
61
Hávarđur from Krókur
69
Motes in a Sunbeam
75
In Days of Yore
113
When the Footprints Become Covered with Snow
129
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Arny Hjaltadottir is a translator and works in the Icelandic Collection at the Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba.

Kirsten Wolf is a former chair of the Icelandic Department at the University of Manitoba. She has edited Gyndinga Saga, Saga heilagrar 'nnu, and Dorotheu saga, has been involved in Medieval Scandinavia: En Encyclopedia, and is co-translator and co-editor of an earlier anthology, Western Icelandic Short Stories.

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