Kalevala Graphic Novel
The Kalevala is one of the great epics of the world literature, along with the Iliad and Odyssey, Gilgamesh and the Nibelungenlied. As the national epic of Finland, the stories of the Kalevala were passing on as oral tradition through centuries, recited as sung poems from one generation to another until finally compiled as a book in 1849 by Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884). The Kalevala has been translated into almost 100 languages, and has been widely used as a reference in arts and literature.
This Kalevala graphic novel is the first and the only comic book adaptation of the epic, containing the whole storyline of the Kalevala and its 50 chapters. In the English translation by Eino Friberg (1901-1995) the original poetic phrasing is left, and while Friberg's masterful translation captures the essential core of the colorful language of the Kalevala, it also manages to arouse the interest of a modern-day reader.
Fantacore Media, 2005
hardcover, 196 pages, 8.5 x .9 x 12 inches