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The Kalevala: Or the Land of Heroes (World's Classics) Paperback – 1 Sep 1989

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  • Paperback: 733 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (1 Sept. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192817000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192817006
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 3.3 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb. 1999
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This is a very accurate translation (better than Kirby's in this respect) of the great Finnish epic "Kalevala". The story centres around a group of heroes who weave mighty magics with their singing and includes memorable stories such as the incestuous Kullervo, the son of a male Swanmay and a were-bear, as well as a really funny Finnish heathen retelling of the birth of jesus, in which Mary ("Marjatta" in Kalevala) uses a horse's exhalation as a sauna. This is *the* source for Finnish mythology as well - which is the main reason I wanted to read it.
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