Bright Air Black (Hardback)David Vann (author)
In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia's Colchis - as Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann's reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling, realist alternative to the long-held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress. We witness with dramatic urgency Medea's humanity, her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society, her love affair with Jason, and her tragic demise.
Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable, fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporeal version of Medea's story ever told.
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 412 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 27 mm
[Vann's] genius lies in his ability to blow away all the elegance and toga-clad politeness that have grown like a crust around our idea of ancient Greece and to reveal the bare bones of the Archaic period in all their bloody, reeking nastiness. * The Times *
Bright Air Black is a poetic fever dream, beautiful and unflinchingly primal. A vivid and forceful retelling of Medea's famous story. -- Madeline Miller, author of 'The Song of Achilles'
[David Vann] allows Medea to devour him and his readers: to read his book is to be swallowed down into her mad mind ... Her wonder at the sea, and the way its water buoys her up, prompts a beautiful passage ... Vann is indebted to poets, and he grants himself great poetic licence in his handling of syntax ... Vivid, often appalling, sometimes piercingly sad and frequently striking. -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * New Statesman *
A retelling of an ancient tale, a retouched portrait of one of mythology's most enthralling and notorious women, Medea ... (Vann) gives us a ringside seat to a blood-soaked, viscera-dripping gore-fest. Vann gives us a fresh slant on an early myth, an up-close and in-depth character study. From the outset, his drama unfolds in prose that is both atmospheric and electrifying ... Vann's content can be grim but his language has beauty and poise ... [A] stunning depiction of one of mythology's most complex characters ... The tale is also one of great power and intensity. Bright Air Black possesses the same potency. Its dark energy shocks us and shakes us, yet it is impossible to pull away. * The Australian *
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