Xo Orpheus
50 New Myths

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  • Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

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Product Description

  • Author
    Kate Bernheimer  
    Binding
    paperback  
    Cat No.
    2930268  
    EAN
    978014312242551800  
    Genre
    Fantasy  
    ISBN
    9780143122425  
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd  
    Type
    Books  
  • Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

    Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions.

    Aimee Bender retells the myth of the Titans.

    Madeline Miller retells the myth of Galatea.

    Kevin Wilson retells the myth of Phaeton, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

    Emma Straub and Peter Straub retell the myth of Persephone.

    Heidi Julavits retells the myth of Orpheus and Euridice.

    Ron Currie, Jr. retells the myth of Dedalus.

    Maile Meloy retells the myth of Demeter.

    Zachary Mason retells the myth of Narcissus.

    Joy Williams retells the myth of Argos, Odysseus’ dog.

    If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, a squid who falls in love with the sun, and a girl who gives birth to cubs, here are extravagantly imagined, bracingly contemporary stories, heralding a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.

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