Fairy stories for our occasions from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The Hours
A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the facility to alter destiny; a lady whose terribly lengthy hair reasons disaster; a guy with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a home deep within the woodland, developed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and different Tales, the folks and the talismans of lands some distance, some distance away―the mythic figures of our childhoods and the resource of rather a lot of our wonder―are remodeled by means of Michael Cunningham into tales of chic revelation.
Here are the moments that our fairy stories forgot or intentionally hid: the years after a spell is damaged, the rapturous fast of a miracle all of sudden learned, or the destiny of a prince basically part cured of a curse. The Beast stands prior to you in line on the comfort shop, deciding to buy smokes and a narrow Jim, his devouring smile geared toward the cashier. A malformed little guy with a knack for minor acts of wizardry is going to disastrous lengths to obtain a toddler. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers dwelling in his mother's basement to getting a task, until eventually the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined through some of the most talented storytellers of his iteration, and exquisitely illustrated by way of Yuko Shimizu, hardly ever have our bedtime tales been this darkish, this perverse, or this true.
Revealing the unusual, strange tales despatched in by way of the readers of Fortean instances, this MagBook is a haunting choice of actual lifestyles tales to have featured within the journal during the last 35 years. From dwelling in haunted homes to witnessing rains of frogs, no sector of the mystical is still exposed during this interesting publication.
From terrifying ghostly encounters, outlandish apparitions, cell calls from the opposite aspect and mysterious animals, to startling premonitions and different stories of unforeseen, this spooky MagBook includes sufficient real-life stories of the unexplained to make you query any doubts approximately paranormal job you could harbour.
By Jennifer K. Stuller
In this complete background, inquiry, critique, and reference advisor, Stuller argues that Superwomen, from ask yourself girl to Charlie’s Angels, are greater than simply love pursuits or sidekicks who stand by way of their supermen. She indicates how the feminine hero in sleek mythology has damaged in the course of the conventional boy's membership barrier to exhibit the pivotal function of high-heeled crimefighters in pop culture. bankruptcy themes comprise love and compassion, spies and sexuality, daddy’s ladies, and the complex roles of superwomen who're additionally moms. The ebook additionally incorporates a thesaurus of contemporary mythic ladies, in addition to a foreword through acclaimed cultural commentator Roz Kaveney, writer of Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films.
Spanning old Egyptian tradition (ca. 3200 B.C.E. to C.E. 400), the Handbook of Egyptian Mythology is the one entire survey of Egyptian mythology of its style to be had in English.
• comprises 119 A–Z entries that tackle significant deities, characters, topics, rituals, and beliefs
• contains a chronology of the mythological universe explaining time and mythic time within the culture
By Thomas Maltman
A tragic act of violence echoes via a small Minnesota town
Set at the Minnesota prairie within the overdue Eighties in the course of a drought season that’s pushing kinfolk farms to the threshold, Little Wolves gains the intertwining tales of a father trying to find solutions after his son commits a heinous homicide, and a pastor’s spouse (and washed-out pupil of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has lower back to town for mysterious purposes of her personal. A penetrating examine small-town the USA from the award-winning writer of The evening Birds, Little Wolves weaves jointly components of folklore and Norse mythology whereas being pushed through a strong homicide secret; a page-turning literary triumph.
By John Updike
WINNER OF THE nationwide e-book AWARD AND THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ÉTRANGER
The Centaur is a contemporary retelling of the legend of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded but not able to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. within the retelling, Olympus turns into small-town Olinger highschool; Chiron is George Caldwell, a technology instructor there; and Prometheus is Caldwell’s fifteen-year-old son, Peter. Brilliantly conflating the author’s remembered previous with stories from Greek mythology, John Updike interprets Chiron’s agonized look for aid into the incidents and injuries of 3 wintry weather days spent in rural Pennsylvania in 1947. the outcome, acknowledged the judges of the nationwide publication Award, is “a brave and tremendous account of a clash in presents among an inarticulate American father and his hugely articulate son.”
The nice Indian epic rendered in glossy prose
India's such a lot liked and enduring legend, the Ramayana is commonly said to be one of many world's nice literary masterpieces. nonetheless a vital part of India's cultural and spiritual expression, the Ramayana was once initially composed via the Sanskrit poet Valmiki round three hundred b.c. The epic of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and fight to rescue his trustworthy spouse, Sita, from the clutches of a demon and to reclaim his throne has profoundly affected the literature, artwork, and tradition of South and Southeast Asia-an impression probably exceptional within the historical past of worldwide literature, other than, probably, for the Bible. through the centuries, numerous models of the epic were produced in different codecs and languages. yet earlier English models were both too brief to seize the significance of the unique; too secular in offering what's, in impact, scripture; or dry, line-by-line translations. Now novelist Ramesh Menon has rendered the story in lyrical prose that conveys all of the good looks and pleasure of the unique, whereas making this religious and literary vintage available to a brand new iteration of readers.
By Eric G. Wilson
The depression Android is a mental learn of the impulses at the back of the construction of androids. Exploring 3 innovative figures the mother, the golem, and the automaton and their appearances in fantasy, faith, literature, and picture, Eric G. Wilson tracks the improvement of android-building and examines the entice of man-made doubles untroubled through understanding of self. Drawing from the works of philosophers Ficino, Kleist, Freud, and Jung; writers Goethe, Coleridge, Shelley, and Poe; and flicks reminiscent of city, the mother, and Blade Runner, this e-book not just deals a variety of websites from which to research the connection among brain and computing device, but additionally considers a urgent paradoxical quandary loving machines we wish to hate."
Set more than 2,000 years in the past at the calm and fertile beaches of the Black Sea, The Corn King and the Spring Queen tells of old civilizations the place tenderness, attractiveness, and love vie with brutality and darkish magic. Erif Der, a tender witch, is pressured via her father to marry his robust rival, Tarrik the Corn King, so changing into the Spring Queen. pressured by means of her father, she makes use of her magic spells to attempt and holiday Tarrik's energy. yet one evening Tarrik rescues Sphaeros, an Hellenic thinker, from a shipwreck. Sphaeros inturn rescues Tarrik from close to dying and so breaks the attraction that has sure him. And so starts for Tarrik a Quest—a outstanding voyage of discovery as a way to convey him new wisdom and so that it will reunite him together with his appealing Spring Queen.
By Devdutt Pattanaik
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2006
A deciphering of Hindu mythology Hindus have one God. in addition they have 330 million gods: male gods; girl gods; own gods; relations gods; loved ones gods; village gods; gods of house and time; gods for particular castes and specific professions; gods who stay in timber; in animals; in minerals; in geometrical styles and in man-made items. Then there are a complete host of demons. yet no satan.
In this groundbreaking publication Dr Devdutt Pattanaik; one in all India's hottest mythologists; seeks a solution to those obvious paradoxes and unravels an inherited fact approximately existence and dying; nature and tradition; perfection and chance. He retells sacred Hindu tales and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals; utilizing a different kind of observation; illustrations and diagrams. we find why the villainous Kauravas went to heaven and the virtuous Pandavas (all other than Yudhishtira) have been despatched to hell; why Rama regardless of forsaking the blameless Sita is still the version king; why the blood-drinking Kali is one other type of the milk-giving Gauri; and why Shiva wrenched off the 5th head of Brahma.
Constructed over generations; Hindu myths function home windows to the soul; and supply an knowing of the realm round us. the purpose isn't really to outgrow fable; yet to be enriched and empowered via its historic; effective and nonetheless correct language.