The Leto Bundle

Author:   Marina Warner
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9780099284659


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   07 February 2002
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Marina Warner
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Imprint:   Vintage
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 13.00cm , Height: 2.70cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.340kg
ISBN:  

9780099284659


ISBN 10:   0099284650
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   07 February 2002
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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An extraordinary novel... breathtaking in its scope and ambition... An enthralling read. - Sunday Express <br> Driven by a mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the final pages... Beautifully written, the language rich and sensuous, with a seductive range of references... Tremendous fun. - Literary Review <br> Stimulating... vivid... a fascinating debate about the nature of mythology. - Financial Times <br> A compelling and erudite meditation on exiles, refugees, loss and the search for a home. A timely, ambitious and inventive novel, which blends a reflection on Europe's past and present traumas with rare story-telling verve. - Scotland on Sunday


Myths and fairy tales are crucial presences in Warner's cultural histories (No Go the Bogeyman, 1999, etc.) and novels like Indigo (1992), The Lost Father (1989), and her newest: an ambitious, intermittently chaotic reshaping of the classical tale of Leto. Raped by Zeus, pregnant with the twins Apollo and Artemis, and pursued by Zeus's vengeful consort Hera, Leto (a.k.a. Leda, among other incarnations) becomes the archetypal persecuted wanderer whose sufferings Warner portrays as the wronged woman assumes various subsequent identities identities: at the time of the Crusades, in Victorian England, then a fictionalized Balkan country ( Tirzah ) in the 1970s, unto the present day. Leto's plight attracts the contrasting interests of mousy museum-curator Hortense Fernly (entrusted with the bundle of manuscripts and art objects discovered in what seemed to be Leto's sarcophagus) and schoolteacher Kim McQuoy, a firebrand activist working on behalf of homeless people whenever he's not paralyzed by his obsession with William Blake-inspired pop-rocker Gramercy Poule. Warner doesn't make this mishmash work (who could?-possibly a feminist Pynchon), but her Bundle is alive with quirky inventions, and it's great fun watching her try and fail to pull it all together. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Marina Warner is a prize-winning novelist and cultural historian, whose works include From the Beast to the Blonde, Managing Monsters (the 1994 Reith Lectures), Joan of Arc, Alone of All Her Sex, Monuments and Maidens, The Lost Father (shortlisted for the Booker), Indigo, and, most recently, No Go The Bogeyman.

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