From the exciting mind's eye of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the tale of Clytemnestra—spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and immediately compelling—and her children.
“I were accustomed to the scent of death.” So starts off Clytemnestra’s story of her personal lifestyles in old Mycenae, the mythical Greek urban from which her husband King Agamemnon left whilst he set sail together with his military for Troy. Clytemnestra principles Mycenae now, with her new lover Aegisthus, and jointly they plot the bloody homicide of Agamemnon at the day of his go back after 9 years at war.
Judged, despised, cursed via gods she has lengthy on the grounds that misplaced religion in, Clytemnestra unearths the tragic saga that resulted in those bloody activities: how her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, in basic terms to sacrifice her simply because that's what he was once informed could make the winds blow in his prefer and take him to Troy; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus, who shared her mattress in the dead of night and will kill; how Agamemnon got here again with a lover himself; and the way Clytemnestra ultimately completed her vengeance for his wonderful betrayal—his quest for victory, more than his love for his child.
In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a contemporary sensibility and language to an historical vintage, and offers this notable personality new lifestyles, in order that we not just think Clytemnestra’s thirst for revenge, yet applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the brain of 1 of Greek myth’s strongest villains to bare the affection, lust, and soreness she feels. informed in fours elements, it is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered through her personal son, Orestes. it really is Orestes’ tale, too: his catch via the forces of his mother’s lover Aegisthus, his get away and his exile. And it's the tale of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mom and Aegisthus with chilly anger and gradual calculation, until eventually, at the go back of her brother, she has the fates of either one of them in her fingers.