Burial Rites

Burial Rites 10

by Hannah Kent

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/03/2014

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Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2014 and Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men.

Agnes is sent to wait on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson and his family, who are horrified and avoid Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the summer months fall away to winter, Agnes's story begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn't she?

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

ISBN:
9781743516966
9781743516966
Category:
Historical fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-03-2014
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
197x130x22mm
Weight:
0.29kg
Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnusdottir.

Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Burial Rites is her first novel.

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  • slow burn that gets you in!

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    "Burial Rites" is beautifully written & captures atmosphere of cold and poverty in 18th century Iceland. Its characters and central themes are introduced slowly, allowing interest and suspense to build inexorably. One of those rare books that I both couldn't wait to finish but at the same time dreaded to be over.

  • Enjoyable

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    This book was quite enjoyable and interesting from an historical perspective, but I thought it could have been done better.

  • Burial Rites

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    A lovely read that demonstrated that things are not always black and white

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