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The Long Ships

(1941)
A novel by

 
 
Frans Gunnar Bengtsson's The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson's hero, Red Orm - canny, courageous, and above all lucky - is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home by the Vikings and made to take his place at the oars of their dragon-prowed ships. Orm is then captured by the Moors in Spain, where he is initiated into the pleasures of the senses and fights for the Caliph of Cordova. Escaping from captivity, Orm washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at those epicene creatures, the Christian monks, and from which he then moves on to play an ever more important part in the intrigues of the various Scandinavian kings and clans and dependencies. Eventually, Orm contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England and returns home an off-the-cuff Christian and a very rich man, though back on his native turf new trials and tribulations will test his cunning and determination. Packed with pitched battles and blood feuds and told throughout with wit and high spirits, Bengtsson's book is a splendid adventure that features one of the most unexpectedly winning heroes in modern fiction.

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Hardback Editions

June 1992 : USA Hardback

Title: The Long Ships : A Saga of the Viking Age
Author(s): Frans Gunner Bengtsson
ISBN: 0-89966-934-4 / 978-0-89966-934-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Buccaneer Books
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June 1954 : Hardback
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Title: The Long Ships : A Saga of the Viking Age
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 9997404483 / 978-9997404480
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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February 1954 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Long Ships
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 0-00-221453-9 / 978-0-00-221453-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Long Ships
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 0-00-756070-2 / 978-0-00-756070-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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April 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Long Ships
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 0-00-612609-X / 978-0-00-612609-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Long Ships (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 1-59017-346-5 / 978-1-59017-346-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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August 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Long Ships
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 0-00-713757-5 / 978-0-00-713757-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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April 1957 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Long Ships
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 0-451-02491-5 / 978-0-451-02491-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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1957 : USA Paperback

Title: Long Ships
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 0-451-01391-3 / 978-0-451-01391-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Audio Editions

December 2017 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Long Ships
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
ISBN: 1-68168-895-6 / 978-1-68168-895-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Long Ships: A Saga of the Viking Age
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
Publisher: HarperCollins
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December 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Long Ships (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Frans G Bengtsson
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA