Ragnarok: The End of the Gods (Paperback)A. S. Byatt (author)
Deftly contrasting the bomb-blasted days of the Second World War with the famous Norse myth about the end of the gods, Byatt's seminal novel is a tour de force of immersive prose and powerful imagery.
As the bombs rain down in the Second World War, one young girl is evacuated to the English countryside. Struggling to make sense of her new wartime life, she is given a copy of a book of ancient Norse myths and her inner and outer worlds are transformed.
Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, Byatt's mesmerising tale - inspired by the myth of Ragnarok -is a landmark piece of storytelling from one of the world's truly great writers.
The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 133 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm
Edition: Main - Canons Reissue
'Lyrical and urgent' - The Times
'Brilliant, highly intelligent, fiercely personal... Gorgeous' - Ursula K. Le Guin
'Byatt has made... an entire world, compressed but energetically alive in all its details. When we have artists like this, who needs gods?' - Observer
'Byatt's prose is majestic, the lush descriptive passages - jewelled one minute, gory the next - a pleasure to get lost in' - Sunday Telegraph
'Byatt's prose, compact and lyrical, treats the gods with dignity... Ragnarok is a clever, lucid, lovely book' - Guardian
'Surely among the most beautiful and incisive pages Byatt has ever written' - Independent
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