House of Names

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ISBN-13:
9780241264935
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
18.05.2017
Seiten:
272
Autor:
Colm Toibin
Gewicht:
362 g
Format:
233x153x25 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Clytemnestra eagerly waits for her husband, Agamemnon, to return victorious from battle. Before he had set out he had sacrificed their beautiful young daughter to the gods. When Agamemnon returns home his wife will be waiting for him, for his death, for her revenge. A magnificent, brilliantly imagined story of the ties that bind and destroy one family from one of the world's greatest writers.
'They cut her hair before they dragged her to the place of sacrifice. Her mouth was gagged to stop her cursing her father, her cowardly, two-tongued father. Nonetheless, they heard her muffled screams.'
On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice.

His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory.

Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family - mother, brother, sister - on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act.

House of Names is a story of intense longing and shocking betrayal. It is a work of great beauty, and daring, from one of our finest living writers.

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