Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

Paperback Myths

By (author) Jeanette Winterson

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 16mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1841957755
  • ISBN 13: 9781841957753
  • Edition statement: Main
  • Sales rank: 107,556

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Condemned to shoulder the world, for ever, by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then, he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden - and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him...Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles. Visionary and inventive, believable and intimate, "Weight" turns the familiar on its head to show us ourselves in a new light.

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Author information

Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, won the Whitbread prize for Best First Novel. Since then she has published several other novels, including Written on the Body, The Passion, The World and Other Places and most recently a children's picture book, The King of Capri. She has adapted her work for TV, film and stage. Her books are published in 36 countries. She lives in Oxfordshire and London.

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"Inspired by a Titan, she begins appropriately on a titanic scale, writing about the heavens and the earth, and astronomy and geology, and bringing her musings home to the human scale." Sunday Times "[Winterson] produces some exquisitely filmic prose that is almost mythopoetic." Independent "An original and challenging approach... profound and provocative." Daily Mail "A touching meditation on the difficult journey to self-knowledge, and also extremely funny, communicating verve and wit." Guardian"