Kassandra : fortelling

by Christa Wolf
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'Cassandra is a powerful recreation of classical myth... She is believable, alive and shuddering with the author's obsession with her." - The Times

Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy, is endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed. Troy has fallen, her father has been killed, and Cassandra is being taken back to Greece as booty by Agamemnon, King of Mycenae. Knowing that death awaits her there, Cassandra confronts her own history, comes to an understanding of her life in the patriarchal world and a recognition that in war there is no real difference between the conqueror and the conquered. The genesis of this marvelous reinterpretation of the Cassandra story lies in the accompanying travel reports, diary entrees and letters exploring such subjects as nuclear war, language, patriarchy and women's place in ancient and modern civilizations. The context is contemporary, yet Cassandra's voice pervades them all.

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