Frans G. Bengtsson, Swedish essayist, novelist, poet, and biographer, was born in Tossjoe, near Kristianstad, as the son of the manager of an estate in Skane. Bengtsson was the first successful practitioner of the informal essay in Sweden, a genre that he virtually introduced to the literature of his own country. His best-known novel is Roede orm (1941-45, The Long Ships), a Viking saga written in an ornate and romantic style.
New York Times
`The author and his excellent translator bring that old, warrior
world alive with such vigorous enjoyment and simplicity that the
deeds of those men roving about the world in their dragon ships
seem as marvellous as those of our atomic age'
`A boldly illuminated picture of the Northmen... confidently
`A banquet of adventure by sea and land, with man-size helpings
of battle and murder, robbery and rape'