Xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths

Xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths


Edited by Professor Kate Bernheimer

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 546 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 36mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 24 September 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0143122428
  • ISBN 13: 9780143122425
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 191,562

Product description

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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Author information

Kate Bernheimeris the editor of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology "My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me" "Forty New Fairy Tales "and the founder and editor of the literary journal "Fairy Tale Review." Author of the story collections "Horse, Flower, Bird" and "How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales," among many other books, she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona.

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"In this searing yet ebullient collection, contemporary authors and one graphic artist move beyond merely updating classic myths of multiple cultures by performing gut-rehabs while maintaining the stark, terrifying moments of fate-altering choices. . . . The form is as inventive as the content. . . . Edith Hamilton, the great classicist who made Greek mythology accessible, is officially put on notice by this explosive anthology." --"Booklist, "starred review "Bernheimer . . . does a fantastic job of selecting stories--ranging from archaic and straightforward to contemporary and experimental--without repeating tone or genre. . . . "xo Orpheus "reads like a dream encyclopedia in which well-known faces become shuffled, obscured and reset in new surroundings. . . . Fans of mythology should have plenty of room for getting lost." --"Time Out New York"