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Eaters of the dead : the manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, relating his experiences with the Northmen in A.D. 922

Author: Michael Crichton
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1988. ©1976.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Ballantine Books editionView all editions and formats
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An ambassador of the tenth-century Caliph of Bagdad is carried off by the Norsemen to endure, for three years, the harshness of their way of life and the creatures that terrorize them.
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fantasy fiction
Adaptations
Fiction
Historic fiction
Adventure fiction
Named Person: Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān; Aḥmad Ibn Faḍlān
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Crichton
ISBN: 0345354613 9780345354617
OCLC Number: 18820463
Description: 181 pages ; 17 cm
Responsibility: Michael Crichton.

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An ambassador of the tenth-century Caliph of Bagdad is carried off by the Norsemen to endure, for three years, the harshness of their way of life and the creatures that terrorize them.

The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Bagdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs -- the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness , their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth: He has been enlisted by these savage, inscrutable warriors to help combat a terror that plagues them -- a monstrosity that emerges under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings and devour their flesh . . .

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