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In this exquisite gem of a novel, David Malouf shines new light on Homer's Iliad, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant. Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking, Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, hubris and humanity, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and sons, all brilliantly recast for our times.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 30mm | 280g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099539527
  • 9780099539520
  • 28,429

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"A marvel - beautifully written, surprisingly moving... rather brilliant" Daily Mail "A wonderful retelling of the encounter between Achilles and the Trojan King Priam in prose that's so good you want to eat it" -- Mariella Frostrup Observer "A rich, moving and sometimes disturbing novel" Scotsman "David Malouf writes with the voice of a poet; his graceful fiction deals in truth and is always beautiful... This is a book that will engage and inspire... In writing this novel Malouf is honouring a great work and also making his own" Irish Times "In bringing something radically new, yet sensitively overlaid, to an already powerful epic, Malouf proves that an "untold tale" can be every bit as rewarding as its ancient original" -- Philip Parker Financial Timesshow more

About David Malouf

David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek and his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award, and his story collections are Dream Stuff and Every Move You Make where met with critical acclaim. In 2008 Malouf was the Scottish Arts' Council Muriel Spark International Fellow. Born in 1934 in Brisbane, he now lives in Sydney.show more

Review Text

"A wonderful retelling of the encounter between Achilles and the Trojan King Priam in prose that's so good you want to eat it"show more

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'A wonderful retelling of the encounter between Achilles and the Trojan King Priam in prose that's so good you want to eat it' Mariella Frostrup, Observer 'Lyrical, witty, gentle' Independent In this exquisite gem of a novel, David Malouf shines new light on Homer's Iliad, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant. Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking, Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and sons, all brilliantly recast for our times. 'David Malouf writes with the voice of a poet; his graceful fiction deals in truth and is always beautiful... This is a book that will engage and inspire... In writing this novel Malouf is honouring a great work and also making it his own' Irish Times 'A rich, moving and sometimes disturbing novel' Scotsman 'In bringing something radically new, yet sensitively overlaid, to an already powerful epic, Malouf proves that an "untold tale" can be every bit as rewarding as its ancient original' Philip Parker, Financial Timesshow more

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2,174 ratings
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4 40% (863)
3 24% (516)
2 7% (163)
1 2% (49)
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