Medea: A Modern Retelling

Medea: A Modern Retelling

Christa Wolf


Medea is without doubt one of the such a lot infamous girls within the canon of Greek tragedy: a lady scorned who sacrifices her personal kids to her jealous rage. In her gripping new novel, Christa Wolf explodes this fantasy, revealing a fiercely self sufficient girl ensnared in a brutal political battle.

Medea, pushed through her sense of right and wrong to depart her corrupt native land, arrives in Corinth along with her husband, the hero Jason. he's welcomed, yet she is branded the outsider-and then she discovers the appalling mystery in the back of the king's declare to energy. Unwilling to disregard the frightening fact in regards to the kingdom, she turns into a danger to the king and his ruthless advisors; deserted by means of Jason and made a public scapegoat, she is reviled as a witch and a murderess.

Long a sharp-eyed political observer, Christa Wolf transforms this historic story right into a startlingly correct observation on our instances. Possessed of the long-lasting truths so valuable within the classics, and but with a completely modern spin, her Medea is a stunningly perceptive and probingly sincere paintings of fiction.

With an advent by way of Margaret Atwood. Translated from the German through John Cullen.

From Kirkus Reviews
German novelist Wolf's discursive retelling of the well-known Greek legend, a logical outgrowth from her previous novel Cassandra (1984), ispace Margaret Atwood, who contributes an informative ``Introduction''a humorless and primarily predictable political allegory envisioning the reviled sorceress and assassin (of her youngsters) as a sufferer of male conceitedness and sexual lack of confidence. Medea's place of birth Colchis is a ``darker'' counterpart to the dominion of Corinth, a self-aggrandizing kingdom that brutally distorts fact to justify its imperialistic crimes. Wolf bargains a refrain of ``Voices'' herethe eponymous heroine, her weak-willed adventurer husband Jason, and different avid gamers within the drama of Corinth's strength struggleto chronicle the scapegoating of an insubordinate woman goaded to develop into ``immoderate . . . a Fury, simply what the Corinthians wanted her to be.'' Overwrought, and markedly not so good as Wolf's larger fiction. -

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