Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined by John Spurling

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By John Spurling

The colourful retelling of the relevant Greek myths through acclaimed novelist John Spurling, writer of The 10000 Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for ancient Fiction

The classical Greek highbrow culture pervades approximately each point of our glossy Western civilization. Our common sense and technological know-how, our philosophy, politics, literature, structure, and artwork are all indebted to the traditional population of the small mountainous Mediterranean nation. And the strong myths of the Greeks, subtle through Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the good Greek dramatists, nonetheless resonate on the middle of our culture.

Taking as his start line the various recognized vacationer websites within the Peloponnese, the place the tales are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for historic Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, together with stories of the doomed residence of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, chief of the Greeks at Troy, murdered via his spouse in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda. 

In this bright, gripping and infrequently grisly retelling of the Greek myths, tales of homicide, energy, revenge, love, and annoying kinfolk relationships are made new back for our time with wit and appreciate via a talented writer. Spurling has extra scene, discussion, and context, whereas constantly staying actual to the spirit of the unique fable.

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Iron bedsteads. Meditations: groups, leaves, the waterfall, the sky. Segovia The first thing, quite improbable: the [Roman] aqueduct. The inn where we eat, Horno de Asar—Mesón de Candido, P. Azoguejo. Here Cervantes, Calderon, and others have dined. On the third floor, with a view of the aqueduct. Roast piglet. We drink the wine of Segovia from ceramic mugs. Herescu and Busuioceanu in high spirits.

How well I understood these things already in adolescence! What were my struggle against memories and my ascetic techniques from ages fourteen to seventeen but the attempt to live autonomously, without cadavers in my soul, without objects of passion in my existence? All I wrote in Cuvântul about “Medelenism”9 and “Moldavianisms” of any form had a primarily therapeutic aim: to cure myself of the terrible melancholy in which I had spent my adolescence. In India I found again the same impulse to renunciation.

You must wait—and prepare for death, by praying, being reconciled with our neighbors. Any other attitude is ridiculous. Only during attacks such as this do I realize the tragedy of my life: I have made culture, works of art, creations—and all of them are vanities on the metaphysical plane, and they are absurd in the historical moment in which we are living. 22 September Picky Pogoneanu32 arrives by plane from Madrid and heads immediately for Estoril, because the terrible disease from which he suffers does not permit him to come to Lisbon.

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