Ragnarok : The End of the Gods

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During the second world war Antonia Byatt was given a book of Norse myths by her father. She read it and reread it but there was one myth she was drawn to in particular and which has continued to hold her under its spell - the Myth of Ragnarok. 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 (it was also Hitler's favourite myth!) so Byatt has taken this remarkable finale and used it as the underpinning of this highly personal and politically charged retelling.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 177 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 18mm | 240.4g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export & Airside ed
  • 1847678432
  • 9781847678430
  • 117,702

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.show more

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'Byatt is one of the most brilliant minds and speakers of our generation. She is a galvanising literary critic and a cultural commentator of the highest order.' - Independent 'Dazzling ... Byatt is an artist of exceptional moral enchantment.' - Jane Shilling on Byatt's The Children's Book, Daily Telegraph 'Insistently readable ... Brimming with intelligence and sensuality.' - Claire Allfree on Byatt's The Children's Book 'Intellectually fizzing ... Remarkable, peerless, and willfully and delightfully and unapologetically intellectual, the kind of writer who makes you marvel at what she manages to put on the page.' - Alan Taylor on Byatt's The Children's Book, Heraldshow more

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