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Burial Rites

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE STELLA PRIZE AND THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014

"Burial Rites is beautiful and compelling . . . it's the announcement of a writer to watch." Guardian

"A gripping tale." New York Times

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?

Fans of Anna Funder's All That I Am and Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist will love Burial Rites.

PRAISE FOR HANNAH KENT

"An outstandingly good debut . . . I found myself spellbound . . . Kent has done a great deal of research and transformed its results into a work of art." Literary Review

From Publishers Weekly

17 June 2013 – Kent s debut delves deep into Scandinavian history, not to mention matters of storytelling, guilt, and silence. Based on the true story of Agnes Magn sd ttir, the novel is set in rural Iceland in 1829. Agnes is awaiting execution for the murder of her former employer and his friend, not in a prison there are none in the area but at a local family s farm. J n J nsson, the father, grudgingly accepts this thankless task as part of his responsibility as a regional official, but his wife and daughters reactions range from silent resentment to outright fear. After settling in to the household, Agnes requests the company of a young priest, to whom she confesses parts of her story, while narrating the full tale only to the reader, who, like the priest, provide her with a final audience to her life s lonely narrative. The multilayered story paints sympathetic and complex portraits of Agnes, the J nssons, and the young priest, whose motives for helping the convict are complicated. Kent smoothly incorporates her impressive research for example, she opens many of the chapters with documents that come directly from archival sources while giving life to these historical figures and suspense to their tales.

Customer Reviews

Burial Rites

Such a touching, sad story. Well written, especially for a first time author. The cultural insights into this fascinating place are a real eye opener. The characters are well rounded and believable, especially when you can see their attitude to Agnes thawing. I should have read it in summer though!

Burial Rites

Excellent!! An emotional, tragic story that was beautifully told.

Burial Rites

10 out of 10

Burial Rites
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: 01 May 2013
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Seller: Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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