Elektra: A New Translation

Elektra: A New Translation

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by Sophocles
     
 

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A dynamic and necessary new translation of Sophocles' chilling tragedy of hatred, revenge, and murder

Orestes, the son of King Agamemnon, returns to his homeland to take revenge on his mother, Klytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, for killing his father in cold blood. Elektra has long awaited her brother's return, bitter and contemptuous of their mother's moral

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A dynamic and necessary new translation of Sophocles' chilling tragedy of hatred, revenge, and murder

Orestes, the son of King Agamemnon, returns to his homeland to take revenge on his mother, Klytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, for killing his father in cold blood. Elektra has long awaited her brother's return, bitter and contemptuous of their mother's moral justification for slaughtering Agamemnon, who had sacrificed the life of another daughter, Iphigenia, so the Greek army could sail to Troy. Elektra helps Orestes and his friend Pylades execute an ingenious plan, continuing a bloody cycle that destroys the lives of their enemies and will forever haunt their own.

Robert Bagg's new translation, modern in idiom while faithful to the original, conveys the complex range of emotion experienced by grieving family members who expect vengeance to set them free. This is Sophocles for a new generation.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While under indictment for treason and confined to a hospital in 1949, Pound temporarily abandoned his Cantos to collaborate with Richard Rudd on this relatively unknown treatment of the Sophocles tragedy. Elektra was produced on the stage in 1987, but has never appeared in print before. A new work by an author of Pound's stature is a welcome addition to the canon, and this one will be of interest to both drama and poetry collections.-- Michael Rogers, ``Library Journal''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062132062
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,137,415
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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