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Title   House of Names 

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Author   TOIBIN Colm  ISBN   9781760551421  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Picador  Group   Fiction View shopping cart
Binding   Hardback Category   Fiction A-Z  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2017 
Subject   Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) 
Stock Status   Currently in stock 
Order Status   Not currently on order 
Synopsis From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Toibin comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra - spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling - and her children.
"I have been acquainted with the smell of death." So begins Clytemnestra's tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.

In House of Names, Colm Toibin brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life. Told in four parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes' story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother's lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands.

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