|Leto Bundle, the (2001) [Novel]|
by Marina Warner
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(From the publisher):
In an ancient, war-torn wasteland, a woman called Leto gives birth to twins on the barren hillside where Zeus - her lover - has left her to die of exposure. Two millennia later, Hortense, a brilliant young curator, finds herself at the center of a political maelstrom when a sarcophagus in her care becomes the spiritual focus of a shadowy, cult-like movement of local outcasts.
Who is Leto, and why is she doomed to travel the world forever, swept through time as she wanders westward, slipping from a troubled past to a troubled present? Why does the ancient coffin in Hortense's charge contain no body - only a bundle of cryptic manuscripts? And what will happen now that this bundle has become the obsession of a feminist scholar, a fading folk diva, and a mysterious and passionate young political leader?
As Hortense struggles to find answers in the baffling fragments of evidence before her, we follow Leto through her various incarnations on a picaresque journey - from classical romances, medieval crusades, and Victorian treasure hunts to a contemporary era of pop iconography, Internet celebrity, and globalized media.
Original title: The Leto Bundle
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics