ISBN 13: 9780143122425
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books
Authors: Kate Bernheimer, Laura van den Berg, Ron Currie Jr., Anthony Marra, Dawn Raffel, Maile Meloy, Willy Vlautin, Gina Ochsner, Madeline Miller, Manuel Muñoz, Benjamin Percy, Edith Pearlman, Joy Williams, Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, Victor LaValle, Ben Loory, Elizabeth McCracken, Aurelie Sheehan, Max Gladstone, Sheila Heti, Kelly Braffet, Owen King, Sabina Murray, Zachary Mason, Michael Jeffrey Lee, Davis Schneiderman, Imad Rahman, Heidi Julavits, Karen Tei Yamashita, Peter Straub, Emma Straub, Kevin Wilson, Laird Hunt, Edward Carey, Manuela Draeger, Aamer Hussein, Kathryn Davis, Lutz Bassmann, Kit Reed, Ander Monson, Donaji Olmedo, Sigrid Nunez, Johanna Skibsrud, Brian W. Aldiss, Maile Chapman, Sarah Blackman, David B., Elanor Dymott, Shane Jones, Aimee Bender, Elizabeth Evans
Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me
Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. Here, in compelling guise, are your favorite mythological figures—Narcissus and Echo, Orpheus and Eurydice, Pygmalion and Galatea, even Argos, Odysseus’s faithful dog—alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, and a squid who falls in love with the sun, these are stories of boundless wonder and invention.
If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking, a book that boldly heralds a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.