Ragnarok : the End of the Gods

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Recently evacuated to the British countryside and with World War Two raging around her, one young girl is struggling to make sense of her life. Then she is given a book of ancient Norse legends and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. Intensely autobigraphical and linguistically stunning, this book is a landmark work of fiction from one of Britain's truly great writers. Intensely timely it is a book about how stories can give us the courage to face our own demise. The Ragnarok myth, otherwise known as the Twilight of the Gods, plays out the endgame of Norse mythology. It is the myth in which the gods Odin, Freya and Thor die, the sun and moon are swallowed by the wolf Fenrir, the serpent Midgard eats his own tale as he crushes the world and the seas boil with poison. It is only after such monstrous death and destruction that the world can begin anew. This epic struggle provided the fitting climax to Wagner's Ring Cycle and just as Wagner was inspired by Norse myth so Byatt has taken this remarkable finale and used it as the underpinning of this highly personal and politically charged retelling

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 28mm | 381.02g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • EdinburghUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847670644
  • 9781847670649
  • 50,949

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Byatt is one of the most brilliant minds and speakers of our generation.' - Independent 'Dazzling ... Byatt is an artist of exceptional moral enchantment.' - Jane Shilling on THE CHILDREN'S BOOK, Daily Telegraph 'Superlatively displays both enormous reach and tremendous grip ... sizzling with ideas and alive with imaginative energy.' - on THE CHILDREN'S BOOK, Sunday Tim

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About A. S. Byatt

A S Byatt's novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer's Tale the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman and, most recently, the Booker-shortlisted The Children's Book. Her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, Elementals and Little Black Book of Stories. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

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