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Greek Myths: A New Retelling, with drawings by Chris Ofili

by Charlotte Higgins

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Published 9th September 2021, 336 pages
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Description

Charlotte Higgins reinterprets some of the most enduring stories of all time in this beautifully produced, spellbinding new collection, featuring original artworks by Chris Ofili.

Here are myths of the creation, of Heracles and Theseus and Perseus, the Trojan war and its origins and aftermaths, tales of Thebes and Argos and Athens. There are stories of love and desire, adventure and magic, destructive gods, helpless humans, fantastical creatures, resourceful witches and the origins of birds and animals. This is a world of extremes, and one that resonates deeply with our own: mysterious diseases devastate cities; environmental disasters tear lives apart; women habitually suffer violence at the hands of men.

Unlike in many previous collected myths, female characters take centre stage - Athena, Helen, Circe, Penelope and others weave these stories into elaborate imagined tapestries. In Charlotte Higgins’s thrilling new interpretation, their tales combine to form a dazzling, sweeping epic of storytelling, and a magnificent work of scholarship and imagination.

‘Startlingly fresh… This excellent book should delight many generations of story lovers to come.’ Guardian

Details

Greek Myths: A New Retelling, with drawings by Chris Ofili
by Charlotte Higgins and Chris Ofili

ISBN
9781787331655

Publisher
Vintage Publishing

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Sept. 9, 2021

Dimensions
24.3cm x 16.5cm x 3.2cm

Page count
336 pages