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Set in 11th Century Europe, "Blomqvist" is narrated by the protagonist's devoted amanuensis, faithful standard-bearer, and unrequited lover, Axel Oxensteirna. Axel tells us the story of Blomqvist's search for his betrothed, but in the telling, he also bares his own struggle to find his spiritual footing in a confusing and shifting world. Part historical fiction, part ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by iUniverse
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A circuit of 11thC Europe... and thereabouts, for he takes chronological liberties, in the service of his theme: what a mess the century is.

Blomqvist is a Norman, no noble at the beginning but enfiefed for his fighting services; his servant/friend Axel tells his tale. Their home at Amiens is the last non-Christian enclave in a world of Church tithes and intolerance; Axel clings uncertainly to the old Norse gods, but Blomqvist, alone in his century, is dead against religion: “...the freedom of th
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Michael Hickins is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection The Actual Adventures of Michael Missing (Knopf, 1991). His own adventures include helping his wife run an American eatery in France and becoming an editor at The Wall Street Journal. His work has been published in literary magazines The Quarterly, MonkeyBicycle, New Dead Families, and Sententia. He lives with his ...more
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