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Medea (1996) [Novel]
by Christa Wolf Rating: Weighted - 5.0 / Average - 3.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Medea is among the most notorious women in the canon of Greek tragedy: a woman scorned who sacrifices her own children to her jealous rage. In her gripping new novel, Christa Wolf explodes this myth, revealing a fiercely independent woman ensnared in a brutal political battle.

Medea, driven by her conscience to leave her corrupt homeland, arrives in Corinth with her husband, the hero Jason. He is welcomed, but she is branded the outsider-and then she discovers the appalling secret behind the king's claim to power. Unwilling to ignore the horrifying truth about the state, she becomes a threat to the king and his ruthless advisors; abandoned by Jason and made a public scapegoat, she is reviled as a witch and a murderess.

Long a sharp-eyed political observer, Christa Wolf transforms this ancient tale into a startlingly relevant commentary on our times. Possessed of the enduring truths so treasured in the classics, and yet with a thoroughly contemporary spin, her Medea is a stunningly perceptive and probingly honest work of fiction.

Original title: Medea
Original languages: German


Genre: MythologyReinterpretations
FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Medea

Medea (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: John Cullen
  • "Wolf's brilliant novel is a mirror reflecting all the hate and venality perpetuated by our ancestors and ourselves, a maddening yet cathartic revelation." Booklist
  • "A real flesh-and-blood retelling that should appeal to literate readers everywhere." Library Journal
  • "Although we know the myth, Wolf surprises us with her original conclusion to what becomes, in her hands, essentially a political allegory, one that still holds relevance today." Publishers Weekly
  • " as a partial or repressed response to Wolf's own trauma, the book is fascinating, particularly on the level of individual sentences. It has always been necessary to read Wolf sentence by sentence: Her prose, while essentially lyrical, even dreamlike, is thick in texture and must be taken in slowly." Mary Gordon, The Nation
  • "These voices strike one as awkward, until the awkwardness is swept away by the drama, making it preferable to read this all in one sitting. As for Medea, she is a little too perfect. Myths are retold to make them live, not to inscribe them deeper in the constellation." The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review
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Medea (1998)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Nan. A. Talese
ISBN: 0385490607
Dimensions: 6.2 x 8.8 x 1
Pages: 186

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