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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 18/05/2017

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They cut her hair before they dragged her to the place of sacrifice. Her mouth was gagged to stop her cursing her father, her cowardly, two-tongued father. Nonetheless, they heard her muffled screams.

On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice.

His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family - mother, brother, sister - on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers.

As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act.

Taking inspiration from the Greek myths, House of Names weaves the stories that make up one family’s downfall; from the brutal sacrifice of Iphegenia and the barbarous betrayal of Clytemnestra to Electra’s bloody revenge. House of Names is a story of intense longing and shocking betrayal. It is a work of great beauty, and daring, from one of our finest living writers.

'This is a novel that is a celebration of what novels can do….everything in the novel glows with the special radiance of antiquity' - The Observer

Born in Enniscorthy on the southeast coast of Ireland, Colm Tóibín is widely considered one of Ireland’s greatest writers. An author, poet, playwright, essayist and journalist he is best known for his powerful and moving novels which explore themes of identity, family relationships, belonging and migration, these include: The South, The Blackwater Lightship, The Master, Mothers and Sons, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, Nora Webster and House of Names.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241257685
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 412 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 27 mm

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“Re-telling of Greek Mythology ....”

" House of Names " is a re telling of Greek mythology . Electra was the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra . She and her brother Orestes plotted revenge against their father for the murder of... More

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“ A tragic riptide”

I was struck from the beginning by the pared back but lyrical writing.

The writing seems to keep close to the stark nature of the Greek tragedy it is retelling. There is no great character exposition just the... More

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Georgie Matthews at Windsor

“A brilliantly stylistic recollection of Greek myth”

(I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley and Viking.)

Tόibίn has been around for a good while and written several notable titles, including Man Booker Shortlisted titles and a film adaptation of Brooklyn in... More

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