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Circe

The stunning new anniversary edition from the author of international bestseller The Song of Achilles

«This year’s novels were filled with the angry clamour of women’s voices: ignored, idealistic or excitingly ambivalent. Madeline Miller reflected the mood for feminist revisionism with her lissom follow-up Circe, which casts the witch goddess in the Odyssey not as a bit player in a man’s epic but as the star of her own show»

Claire Allfree, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

The international Number One bestseller from the author of The Song of Achilles, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Woman. Witch. Myth. Mortal. Outcast. Lover. Destroyer. Survivor. CIRCE. Les mer

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The international Number One bestseller from the author of The Song of Achilles, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Woman. Witch. Myth. Mortal. Outcast. Lover. Destroyer. Survivor. CIRCE.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is a strange child – not powerful and terrible, like her father, nor gorgeous and mercenary like her mother. Scorned and rejected, Circe grows up in the shadows, at home in neither the world of gods or mortals. But Circe has a dark power of her own: witchcraft. When her gift threatens the gods, she is banished to the island of Aiaia where she hones her occult craft, casting spells, gathering strange herbs and taming wild beasts. Yet a woman who stands alone will never be left in peace for long – and among her island’s guests is an unexpected visitor: the mortal Odysseus, for whom Circe will risk everything.

So Circe sets forth her tale, a vivid, mesmerizing epic of family rivalry, love and loss – the defiant, inextinguishable song of woman burning hot and bright through the darkness of a man’s world.

THE NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN, TELEGRAPH, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, I PAPER, SUNDAY EXPRESS, IRISH TIMES, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, AMAZON, AUDIBLE, BUZZFEED, REFINERY 29, WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, SEATTLE TIMES, TIME MAGAZINE, NEWSWEEK, PEOPLE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, KIRKUS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY AND GOODREADS

Detaljer

Forlag
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
352
ISBN
9781408890042
Utgivelsesår
2019
Format
20 x 13 cm

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«This year’s novels were filled with the angry clamour of women’s voices: ignored, idealistic or excitingly ambivalent. Madeline Miller reflected the mood for feminist revisionism with her lissom follow-up Circe, which casts the witch goddess in the Odyssey not as a bit player in a man’s epic but as the star of her own show»

Claire Allfree, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

«It was a big year for creative retelling of myth and pre-modern literature; a favourite was Madeline Miller's Circe, a distinctive, lyrical novel about power, agency and reponsibility, from the point of view of this crafty, much-misunderstood goddess»

Emily Wilson, Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year

«The writing is lovely, the tone assured, and the touch just right»

Alexander McCall Smith, Independent, Books of the Year

«It is out of these insights that Miller achieves real narrative propulsion … Supple, pitched in a register that bridges man and myth»

Guardian

«The first witch in Western literature sets Homer straight as she tells her life story, from her unhappy childhood to her lonely island exile. The woman who emerges is complex and sympathetic. A spellbinding tour de force of imagination»

Mail on Sunday, ‘Sizzling summer reads’

«Miller has effected a transformation just as impressive as any of her heroine’s own: she’s turned an ancient tale of female subjugation into one of empowerment and courage full of contemporary resonances»

Lucy Scholes, Independent

«A refreshingly complex and utterly compelling portrait of one of the most intriguing women in western literature … Miller’s depiction of what it feels like to work magic is extraordinarily vivid and convincing … What elevates Circe is Miller’s luminous prose, which is both enormously readable and evocative, and the way in which she depicts the gulf between gods and mortals … Circe can be part of that cycle of cruel and pointless conflict, or she can choose to break it. In this unforgettable novel, Miller makes us care about that magical, mythical choice»

Irish Times

«In a thrilling tour de force of imagination, Miller makes her otherworldly heroine a complex, sympathetic figure for whom we cheer throughout. Circe is a truly spellbinding novel, the mesmerising shimmer of ancient magic rising from it like a heat haze»

Mail on Sunday

«A brilliantly strange work of mythic science fiction, as effortlessly expressive within the palaces of gods as it is about the world below … Superb … This is both a fabulous novel and a fascinating retelling; the best compliment, perhaps, that any myth could hope for»

Daily Telegraph

«Dubbed the ‘feminist Odyssey’, there’s so much to like about Circe. From the author of the much-loved The Song of Achilles, this novel puts a feminist spin on Greek mythology, recasting Circe, the vilified witch infamous for turning men into pigs, in a sympathetic light. Subverting the usual masculine tropes of epic adventure narratives, Miller tells the story of the women who have been historically silenced. And on top of that, she makes Greek myths and culture, which is often perceived as impenetrable and intimidating, accessible. A real page-turner»

Elle Magazine

«Illuminates known stories from a new perspective … Miller has determined, in her characterization of this most powerful witch, to bring her as close as possible to the human, as a thoughtful and compassionate woman who learns to love unselfishly … A highly psychologized, redemptive and ultimately exculpatory account of the protagonist herself»

Claire Messud, New York Times

«The Orange prizewinner Madeline Miller reimagines Circe, the witch from The Odyssey. In Miller’s retelling Circe is a suitably bolshie character who is not going to be bossed around by men. The writing is beautiful»

The Times

«Absorbing ... One of the most amazing qualities of this novel [is]: We know how everything here turns out -we’ve known it for thousands of years - and yet in Miller’s lush reimagining, the story feels harrowing and unexpected. The feminist light she shines on these events never distorts their original shape; it only illuminates details we hadn’t noticed before… In the story that dawns from Miller’s rosy fingers, the fate that awaits Circe is at once divine and mortal, impossibility strange and yet entirely human»

Washington Post

«A look at mythology with fresh eyes ... In Circe the female perspective sharpens into focus in a way that doesn’t happen in the original»

Wall Street Journal

«Miller excels at reworking myths and legends for a modern audience … Miller conjures up a cast of strong, relatable characters, from cold-hearted gods and flawed heroes to deadly monsters-and best of all-a strong female protagonist. Fabulously readable»

Scotsman

«Beautifully written throughout … Miller has broken [Circe] free of the conventions of the masculine epic»

Literary Review

«Horror, heartache and grit pour from the pages of this exquisitely written and compelling novel. An alchemist with words, Miller continues to rejuvenate the classics with her exceptional talent … Circe is one of the best and most rewarding books of 2018»

Attitude, 'Book of the Month'

«Gives Greek mythology a modern, feminist twist»

Elle

«Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation»

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