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The Penelopiad

As portrayed in Homer´s Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus´ epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer´s original story, inexplicably hangs Penelope´s twelve maids.

Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.

The Penelopiad premiered with the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Canada´s National Arts Centre at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in July 2007.

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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 30 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the classic The Handmaid&#8242,s Tale, her novels include Cat&#8242,s Eye, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize. Oryx and Crake was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. Her other books for children include Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda and Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 112
Erscheinungsdatum 02.08.2007
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-571-23949-8
Verlag Faber & Faber
Maße (L/B/H) 198/129/8 mm
Gewicht 100
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