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Ragnarok The End of the Gods (Hardcover)

Author:  A. S. Byatt
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Format: Hardcover Large Print
ISBN-10: 0753188848
ISBN-13: 9780753188842
Sku: 223555051
Publish Date: 10/1/2011
Pages:  123
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From the Publisher:
Presents a retelling of the Norse myth about the end of the world that follows the blitz-era evacuation of a young girl whose worldview is dramatically changed upon reading "Asgard and the Gods."
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The Norse myth of RAGNAROK tells of the death of the gods and the destruction of the world. In this volume A.S. Byatt retells the tale, setting it against the backdrop of World War II. Her version opens with a young girl (based, as she explains in an afterword, on herself as a child) being given a book of Norse myths as a gift. With war raging and her father stationed as an airman in South Africa, she tries to glean from the book some understanding of the chaos engulfing her own world. Part of Canongate's Myth Series--which has included volumes by several well-regarded contemporary writers--RAGNAROK may introduce Byatt to an entirely new audience.The Norse myth of RAGNAROK tells of the death of the gods and the destruction of the world. In this volume A.S. Byatt retells the tale, setting it against the backdrop of World War II. Her version opens with a young girl (based, as she explains in an afterword, on herself as a child) being given a book of Norse myths as a gift. With war raging and her father stationed as an airman in South Africa, she tries to glean from the book some understanding of the chaos engulfing her own world. Part of Canongate's Myth Series--which has included volumes by several well-regarded contemporary writers--RAGNAROK may introduce Byatt to an entirely new audience.
Author Bio
A. S. Byatt
Antonia Susan Byatt was born in Sheffield, a Yorkshire steel town, where she led what she describes as an isolated childhood and adolescence despite the presence of three siblings. Her mother was educated at Cambridge but gave up teaching to raise her family--a choice she was bitter about. Her attitude strongly affected Antonia, who also went to Cambridge. She also married young and had four children; she has been married twice, and her only son was killed by a drunk driver in 1970. She maintains residences in London and in the south of France. Her present husband, Peter Duffy, is an investment analyst. Her sister is the novelist Margaret Drabble; a natural rivalry between the two of them passed with the years. Known as a "Victorian postmodernist," Byatt writes meaty, erudite, old-fashioned novels; ANGELS AND INSECTS was made into a film in 1995.

Praise

"What [Byatt] has made in this case--thanks to a rare fusion of imagination and intellect, sensual poetry and cerebral prose, youthful joy and elderly wisdom--is an entire world, compressed but energetically alive in all its details. When we have artists like this, who needs gods?" - Peter Conrad 09/03/2011

"While the narrative illuminates the essence and meaning of myth, particularly as it shapes a young girl's wartime experience, it also serves as an environmentalist parable, one where we are 'bringing about the end of the world we were born into.' Though the cadences are like those of a fairy tale, a narrative seen through the eyes of a child, the chilling conclusion is not." 12/15/2011

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0123
Product attributePublisher:   Isis
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