Hag-Seed (Paperback)Margaret Atwood (author)
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Selected as a Book of the Year - Observer, Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, i magazine
Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other. It will boost his reputation. It will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan.
Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. Also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison.
Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?
'The only thing I want to happen next is for Atwood to rewrite the whole of Shakespeare.' - The Observer
The Hogarth Shakespeare Series sees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today. Other titles in the series are: The Gap of Time, Shylock is My Name, Vinegar Girl, Hag Seed, New Boy and Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn (due in October 2017).
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading writers, Margaret Atwood is an author, essayist, poet and activist whose inventive and diverse literary output ranges widely and deeply from feminist classics such as The Handmaid’s Tale and The Edible Woman to complex blends of science fiction and magic realism such as her Booker Prize winning novel The Blind Assassin and chilling dystopian visions including her Oryx and Crake sequence. Read more
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
"A triumph... The book illuminates the breadth and depth of the whole play. The troupe's workshops on it fizz with perception as Atwood transmits the pleasurable buzz of exploring a literary masterpiece. There won't be a more glowing tribute to Shakespeare in his 400th anniversary year" -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times *
"Atwood reinterprets the play as a heartbreaking novel, told in gorgeous yet economical prose" -- Editor's Choice * New York Times Book Review *
"Surpassingly brilliant... without question the cleverest "neo-Shakespearean novel" I have ever read... the learning and the critical analysis are worn exceptionally lightly, always subordinated to wit, invention, characterisation and slick twists of plot... wonderfully ingenious" -- Jonathan Bate * The Times *
"An absolute triumph... ravishing... I am not ashamed to say that I didn't just have a lump in my throat by the end of Hag-Seed, I had tears on the fringed curtains of mine eyes" -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday *
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“Amazingly creative way of re-telling The Tempest....”
Hag-Seed is the part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project which re-tells The Tempest. Margaret Atwood definitely shows what a creative and innovative writer she is in this wonderful modern re-telling of revenge.
“A tumultuous modern retelling of a Shakespeare great”
I would like you all to take a moment to absorb how wonderful this book is. I adored it. It was dark, gritty and unexpected. A play within a play within a play, so many tempestuous parallels it forms it's own... More
“A Bookseller's nostalgic revisit to The Bard's final work!”
Having never read an Atwood before, I was interested to see how such a renowned author would deal with re-telling such a well-known tale. The Tempest has always been one of the best, if not my favourite, of... More
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