Kalevala

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‘Kalevala’ is the poetic name for Finland: ‘the land of heroes’. Here you’ll find the cultural essence of a young country but an old land, the stories, songs, and poems that recount the mythical adventures of humankind. Ambition, lust, romance, birth, and death can all be found within its pages, as well as the sampo, a mysterious talisman that brings great happiness to its possessor and over which great battles will be fought.

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‘One of the great mythic poems of Europe’ The New York Times

Sharing its title with the poetic name for Finland – ‘the land of heroes’ – Kalevala is the soaring epic poem of its people, a work rich in magic and myth which tells the story of a nation through the ages from the dawn of creation. Sung by rural Finns since prehistoric times, and formally compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the nineteenth century, it is a landmark of Finnish culture and played a vital role in galvanizing its national identity in the decades leading to independence. Its themes, however, reach beyond borders and search the heart of human existence.

Translated with an Introduction by Eino Friberg

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Weight 0.447 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.8 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

272

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

894.54112 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K