The Wall Street Journal newspaper recently ran an article on a 13th-century Icelandic saga called “The Story of Burnt Njal” — not your usual fodder for the staid, business-oriented publication.
Quotable quote: “The Njála occupies a place in the literature of Iceland akin to that of the Homeric epics in Greece, the Divine Comedy in Italy, or Don Quixote in Spain, but it would be an unusual high school that included it in its World Lit curriculum . . . Despite being an anonymous 13th-century work with countless characters and roots in a tiny island’s dizzying cultural and legal arcana, it’s more than just accessible and relevant—it’s entertaining.”
Read the rest of Stefan Beck’s article here.Tags: 13th century sagas, Iceland, Icelandic literature