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Ragnarok : The End of the Gods by A. S. Byatt
  

Ragnarok : The End of the Gods

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September 2011 Book of the Month.

From the author of Possession and The Children's Book comes an extraordinary tale, inspired by the myth of Ragnarok. Intensely autobiographical and linguistically stunning, this book is a landmark work of fiction from one of Britain's truly great writers. You might also say it's timely in that it is a book about how stories can give us the courage to face our own demise. So just as Wagner's Ring Cycle was inspired by Norse myth so Byatt has taken this remarkable finale and used it as the underpinning of this highly personal and politically charged retelling.

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Synopsis

Ragnarok : The End of the Gods by A. S. Byatt

Recently evacuated to the British countryside and with World War Two raging around her, one young girl is struggling to make sense of her life. Then she is given a book of ancient Norse legends and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. 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.

Reviews

Byatt is one of the most brilliant minds and speakers of our generation.' - Independent

'Dazzling ... Byatt is an artist of exceptional moral enchantment.' - Jane Shilling on THE CHILDREN'S BOOK, Daily Telegraph

'Superlatively displays both enormous reach and tremendous grip ... sizzling with ideas and alive with imaginative energy.' - on THE CHILDREN'S BOOK, Sunday Times

About the Author

A. S. Byatt

A.S. Byatt is internationally known as a novelist, short-story writer and critic. Her novels include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize in 1990), and the quartet of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, as well as The Shadow of the Sun, The Game and The Biographer's Tale. Her latest novel, The Children's Book, is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009. She is also the author of two novellas, published together as Angels and Insects, and four collections of stories, and has co-edited Memory: An Anthology. Educated at York and Newnham College, Cambridge, she taught at the Central School of Art and Design, and was Senior Lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

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Publication date

1st September 2011

Author

A. S. Byatt

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Canongate Books Ltd

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Hardback

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ISBN

9781847670649

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