Me which is Kassandra Each of these parts hurts terribly force Me To Walk Towards to walk towards abyss step by step They force me to raise my voice it would be best for me to stay uietOooh they are not always strong But they are thereThere have been better reviews of the book that I will ver be able to write So just go and read It s frighteningly asy to turn the pages The text flows and you know where it goes oh you know and still you have to read onYou hear Medea on the other side of the paper wall between the millennia And you walk with her and with the others blessed and cursed into
this xistence And for a moment you are glad that you live today And then the illusion goes away and existence And for a moment you are glad that you live today And then the illusion goes away and know that things are not better Different perhaps but human nature has not changed not yet and not in our lifetimeAnd because it s Margaret Atwood who is uoted on the backside of my dition praising Christa Wolf for the book a praise than arned Buried everything I missed it Atwood s Handmaid s Tale is here A perfect and sharp diamond knife About a year ago I read and loved David Vann s take on the Medea myth Bright Air Black It follows the original story very closely and offers few surprises in terms of plot for those already familiar with the tale but itndeavors and succeeds in giving Medea a narrative voice allowing her to tell her own story Christa Wolf s Medea published 20 years arlier than Bright Air Black is another feminist victory for this narrative but interestingly Wolf s and Vann s interpretations of Medea s character couldn t be different I love them bothVann s is very straightforward Though he at times renders her character sympathetic in a way that s deeply unsettling his Medea is very bit as violent and vindictive as you d xpect Wolf approaches the narrative from a different vantage point altogether What if Corinth stood something to gain from Medea being painted as a monster This is the uestion Wolf xplores in this politically driven retelling narrated in a series of monologues by Medea Jason Glauce and other individuals in the royal court at CorinthThe first thing that struck me as soon as I finished Medea s first chapter and started reading Jason s was how startlingly different their narrative voices were which I think is such an incredible and impressive feat to accomplish in a book like this which hinges on different characters perspectives telling the same story The other thing that struck me was the mastery and lyricism of Wolf s prose translated beautifully from the German by John Cullen It s possible they sense my unbelief my lack of faith in anything It s possible they can t bear that When I ran over the field where the frenzied women had strewn your dismembered limbs when I ran over that field wailing in the deepening darkness and gathered you up poor broken brother piece by piece bone by bone that s when I stopped believing How could we be meant to come back to this arth in a new form Why should a dead man s limbs scattered over a field make that field fertile Why should the gods who demand from us continual proofs of gratitude and submission let us die in order to send us back to arth again Your death opened my yes wide Apsyrtus For the first time I found solace in the fact that I don t have to live forever And then I was able to let go of that belief born out of fear to be xact it repelled me I mean that s stunningWhat I love so much about mythological retellings the reason I read the same stories over and over again written by different authors is that ach retelling offers something new ach author interacts with the original story in a different way That s clear in the stark contrast between Medea and Bright Air Black how one can render Medea as a victim and the other as a villain while both staying in their own way true to the original myth Wolf s retelling is also concerned with the greater political context of Corinth at the time of Medea and Jason s arrival it reflects on how a community is willing to turn a blind ye to its leaders faults which is relevant not only in our current political climate but also to Wolf s own life when you consider that she grew up in the GDR This is what I mean when I talk about the universality of myth and how it belongs to veryone and how individuals from different cultures and different backgrounds can all draw different conclusions from the same story and why Euripides and Seneca s versions of Medea remain so important thousands of years after they were written Wolf s Medea beautifully written thoughtful and resonant is the perfect reminder of this story s relevance The political human being as a narcissistic monster who projects its crimes on the victim What a scary scary tale And how bizarre that I thought it was milder than Euripides and Seneca the first time I read it a long time ago It is brutally wild After her A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, experience of the breakdown of East Germany Christa Wolf wrote this novel retelling of the ancient myth of Medea in thearly 1990s after some years of depression and N readers a portrayal of a fiercely independent woman nsnared in a political battle.
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or cho Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies each other unconsciously From twontirely different directions I determined to reread my collection Emma Goldman secho ach other uite unconsciously From two ntirely different directions I determined to reread my collection of Emma Goldman s and Christa Wolf s Medea And yet I found striking parallels between Goldman and Medea Both women flee their homelands Tsarist Russia and Colchis respectively when young disillusioned with their countries Both travel to an idealized land that promises a better life America ancient Greece And both hook up with men who prove unreliable Alexander Berkman Jason But aside from these rather superficial correspondences the vital parallel is that both women fight to live in a world where they can freely The Power Of A Choice express their individuality and beyond that for a world whereveryone can have the same opportunity It can be disheartening to see how little progress we ve made in the 72 years since Goldman died Indeed I could suggest that we re rapidly becoming and like the societies both women fought against making this book and Emma Goldman all the relevantFor those unfamiliar with the story of Medea and that may be a larger figure than I d like to think considering the state of modern ducation let me uote from Margaret Atwood s introduction as she gives a reasonably concise outlineAeson king of Iolcus in Thessaly had his throne usurped by this half brother Pelias Aeson s son Jason was saved and sent away to be ducated by the centaur Cheiron Grown to manhood he arrived at the court of Pelias to claim his birthright but Pelias said he would surrender the throne only on condition that Jason bring back the Golden Fleece from Colchis a demand which was thought to be the uivalent of a death sentence as Colchis situated at the xtreme The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right end of the Black Sea was thought to be unreachable Jason hadither to refuse the uest and give up all hope of the throne or accept it and Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling endanger his life He chose the latter course and summoned fifty heroes from all over Greece to his aid These were the Argonauts named after their ship who after many perils and adventures arrived at last at Colchis There Jason demanded the Golden Fleece as his by inheritanceAe tes King of Colchis set impossible conditions Jason was ready to admit defeat when he was seen by Princess Medea daughter of Ae tes granddaughter of Helius the sun god priestess of the Triple Goddess of the Underworld and a powerful sorceress Overcome by her love for Jason she used her occult knowledge to help him surmount the various obstacles and to obtain the Fleece in return for which Jason swore by all the gods to remain true to her forever Together with the Argonauts the two lovers set sail by night but once the alarm was raised King Ae tes and the Colchians followed themSome say Jason killed Medea s younger brother Apsyrtus others that Medea herself murdered the boy dismembered him and scattered the pieces in the ocean After severalscapades the two now lawfully man and wife were welcomed at Corinth by its King CreonJason forgetting both his debt of gratitude and his vows to all the gods forsook his loyalty to Medea Some say he was swayed by the insinuations of Creon others that he was overcome by a new love others that he was impelled by ambition but in any case he decided to repudiate Medea and marry Creon s daughter Glauce thus becoming the heir to Corinth Medea herself was to be banished from the cityMedea torn by conflicting Monsieur Pain emotions concocted a horrible revenge Pretending to accept Jason s decision and to wish for peace between them she sent a bridal gift to Glauce a beautiful but poisonous dress which when the rays of the sun hit it burst into flame whereupon Glauce in agony threw herself into a well Some say that the people of Corinth then stoned Medea s children to death others that she herself killed themither to save them from a worse fate or to pay Jason back for his treachery She then disappeared from Corinth some say in a chariot drawn by dragons Jason abandoned by the gods whom he had foresworn became a wandering vagabond and was at last crushed by the prow of his own rotting ship pp ix xiAs Atwood alludes and as one can read in Robert Graves The Greek Myths there are many variations to the story It was ancient when Homer composed The Iliad and its most ancient layers hearken back to a pre Greek ra when the Goddess in her many guises was the supreme deity and women than the chattel of their male relations It s this most archaic stratum that Wolf mines to present her version of the myth While it can be read as a strictly feminist tract it shouldn t be It s issues are far broader than a discussion of women s place in society It s a critiue of modern capitalist and yes male dominated culture and on a personal and the important level it s an argument for the importance of retaining one s integrity as a person in the face of normous pressure to conform and submit And that s why I ve revised my rating to four stars it spoke to me powerfully now than it did 15 years ago when I was unfortunately a less discerning read. Medea is among the most notorious women in Greek tragedy a woman who sacrifices her. ErWolf picks up the tale toward the nd of Medea s xile in
Corinth She And JasonShe and Jason stranged and she has long since lost any illusions she may have had about the nature of her rstwhile lover s homeland It is as corrupt and oppressive as Colchis was becoming under her father s faltering grip The story is told in six voices Medea s of course but also Jason s Glauce s Agameda s a Colchian Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. exile Akamas Creon s first astronomer and Leukon s the city s second astronomerAGAMEDA Agameda one of the Colchianxiles who have followed Medea and a former pupil is an angry young woman Too weak to live up to the standards Medea sets for herself and others Agameda mbraces Corinth and accepts her role as a woman in it though she ruthlessly manipulates the men around her to ruin Medea Everything revolves around herself and there s no thought for others As she notesWe spoke not a syllable about what this desired result might be We made a game of our plans which grew and refined and played it in an unreal atmosphere as though no one could be affected by our playing If one wishes to think freely and ffectively at the same time this is a very useful method It s a kind of thinking over that we in Colchis haven t yet recognized and supposedly given only to men but I know I have a talent for it Only I practice it in secret p 64And she combines a colossal go p 59 with low self steem p 58If Agameda symbolizes anything in this myth it s the person who submits to oppression then manipulates the system to feather her own nest deluding herself that she has power over her destiny and othersJASON If Agameda is the sly uisling who betrays her own interests for short term fantasies of power Jason is one who submits and then does his best to remain unnoticed He s the gullible idiot who believes the lies and self delusions He doesn t Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, even pretend to manipulatevents but whines incessantly about his powerlessness Both of his chapters begin with a variation of chapter nine s plaint I didn t want any of this to happen but what could I have done p 165GLAUCE Glauce is burdened with a hideous secret view spoilerher sister s murder by her father hide spoiler uality Rating Three StarsEnjoyment Rating Three StarsI ve wanted to read Medea Il morto di Maigret ever since I discovered Cassandra another ancient Greek myth retelling by Christa Wolf I can t tell you how much I fell in love with that book and so to be fair Medea was always going to have a hard time competing In thend it didn t ven touch Cassandra in terms of xcellence but I think there were several circumstantial things that contributed to that aside from the storyThe first of which is that I m pretty sure Medea must have had a different translator to Cassandra Christa Wolf was a German writer and scholar and so her works are translated into English Medea felt so much harder to read for me it was dense its word choice wasn t as vivid and succinct and just generally hard to read The book is less than 200 pages and it took me the better part of a month to get through It might be that I m wrong and it s just an xample of Wolf s arlier work or something like that but considering it is a translated work I d imagine that s what I struggled withAside from that Wolf s style did still shine through at times I love how she tells stories her books are less of a narrative story and fictionalised studies The non linear structure focuses on a human flaw in Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition each character and slowly reveals how it combines with the other flaws of the characters into a spiral of tragedy Her novels very much follow the style of the ancient stage tragediesven though they aren t direct retellings of any plays from antiuity It s not for veryone but if you re fascinated by people like me it s some of the best stuff out thereI m a self proclaimed classics nerd but I m not as familiar with the tale of Jason and Medea as I am with a lot of Greek myths And ven though retellings shouldn t use the original versions as a crutch not knowing the story well to start with did take away from my Sexual Secrets experience reading this novel I felt like a lot of the politics and cultural and personal relationships were revealed once they became apparent to the story but actually being aware of them to start with might have helped in understanding what was actually happening I only say this because I know in Cassandra there were a lot of critiues and comments made in the subtext that I only noticed because I knew a lot about the Trojan War to begin with Perhaps it s something to look at if Iver reread this book but it didn t strike me as the most accessible instance of a myth retellingMedea definitely wasn t as vivid as Cassandra but was still visually alluring and provocative at times It has a lot to say about the ancient world and woman s place in it as xpected I feel like Christa Wolf should be recognised for her work as it really is an interesting look at the classical world and its stories Maybe go for Cassandra over this one though There is a part of me which is Medea There is a part of. Own children to her jealous rage In this novel Wolf xplodes the myth offering moder. .