By Christa Wolf
Medea is without doubt one of the so much infamous ladies within the canon of Greek tragedy: a lady scorned who sacrifices her personal kids to her jealous rage. In her gripping new novel, Christa Wolf explodes this fantasy, revealing a fiercely self sustaining girl ensnared in a brutal political battle.
Medea, pushed through her judgment of right and wrong to depart her corrupt native land, arrives in Corinth together with her husband, the hero Jason. he's welcomed, yet she is branded the outsider-and then she discovers the appalling mystery in the back of the king's declare to energy. Unwilling to disregard the scary fact concerning the kingdom, she turns into a probability to the king and his ruthless advisors; deserted through Jason and made a public scapegoat, she is reviled as a witch and a murderess.
Long a sharp-eyed political observer, Christa Wolf transforms this historical story right into a startlingly appropriate statement on our instances. Possessed of the long-lasting truths so precious within the classics, and but with a completely modern spin, her Medea is a stunningly perceptive and probingly sincere paintings of fiction.
With an advent by means of Margaret Atwood. Translated from the German through John Cullen.
From Kirkus Reviews
German novelist Wolf's discursive retelling of the universal Greek legend, a logical outgrowth from her previous novel Cassandra (1984), ispace Margaret Atwood, who contributes an informative ``Introduction''a humorless and primarily predictable political allegory envisioning the reviled sorceress and assassin (of her youngsters) as a sufferer of male vanity and sexual lack of confidence. Medea's place of origin Colchis is a ``darker'' counterpart to the dominion of Corinth, a self-aggrandizing kingdom that brutally distorts fact to justify its imperialistic crimes. Wolf bargains a refrain of ``Voices'' herethe eponymous heroine, her weak-willed adventurer husband Jason, and different gamers within the drama of Corinth's energy struggleto chronicle the scapegoating of an insubordinate girl goaded to develop into ``immoderate . . . a Fury, simply what the Corinthians wanted her to be.'' Overwrought, and markedly not as good as Wolf's greater fiction. -