The Rage of Achilles

The Rage of Achilles

by Terence Hawkins
The Rage of Achilles

The Rage of Achilles

by Terence Hawkins


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"The ancient world feels new again in Terence Hawkins' The Rage of Achilles, which combines a raw, idiomatic retelling of the Iliad with a searching assay of human consciousness. Unique and invigorating."-Louis Bayard, author of The Pale Blue Eye.

In The Rage of Achilles, Terence Hawkins re-imagines the Iliad as a novel and a Trojan War that really happened. Though he adopts Homer's characters, those fabled warriors are no more noble than the scared, tired grunts they command, exhausted and bitter after ten years of brutal Bronze Age warfare. And however savage the fighting, over all hangs the terrible truth that the objective of combat is not glory, but the enslavement of the defeated.

This realism extends to the gods themselves. Informed by Julian Jaynes' groundbreaking theory of the bicameral mind-the basis of HBO's "Westworld"-The Rage of Achilles takes place in a world in which the modern human consciousness struggles painfully to be born. The gods are only the hallucinations of men and women desperate to be told what to do in a terrifying and confusing world.

Told in taut, elegant prose that captures both the Homeric lyric and military grit, The Rage of Achilles is a fast-moving take on literature's foundational epic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798986601533
Publisher: Calliope Group
Publication date: 04/04/2023
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 486,694
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

What People are Saying About This

Tom Perrotta

"The Rage of Achilles is that rare thing--a genuinely fresh take on a classic text. Terence Hawkins' modern retelling of The Iliad has the paradoxical, invigorating effect of making Homer's epic feel oddly familiar, and of highlighting its deep strangeness at the same time."--(Tom Perrotta, author of "Little Children")

Richard Selzer

"In this masterful account by Terence Hawkins, the Trojan War is infused with all the immediacy of a current event."--(Richard Selzer, author of "The Doctor Stories")

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