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Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold
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Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold (Hardback)

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"This book was selected as a Book of the Year." (Observer, Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, i magazine). 'It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge.' Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall? Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Film, TV & DramaTheatrePlays, playscriptsShakespeare plays Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 06/10/2016 ISBN-13: 9781781090220  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays including The Handmaid's Tale, the Booker-winning The Blind Assassin, the MaddAddam trilogy and her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last. Her work has received many awards around the world. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. Her first encounters with Shakespeare took place in the 1950s at her Toronto high school, and she has consistently named him as one of the most important influences on her own work. 'The Tempest is, in some ways, an early multi-media musical. If Shakespeare were working today he'd be using every special effect technology now makes available. But The Tempest is especially intriguing because of the many questions it leaves unanswered. What a strenuous pleasure it has been to wrestle with it!'

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Shakespeare and Atwood combined? Well, it was never going to be a failure, was it? Hag-Seed marks the Hogarth Shakespeare project's update of The Tempest, updated to see Felix ousted from his position in the theatre by his rivals. While in hiding, he decides that the best way to get back at his former colleagues is to stage the version of The Tempest he had planned, his opus, the one thing that will bring him back to relevance. But, short on options, he decides to stage this within a prison. With shades of the light-hearted comedy moments of Orange is the New Black, Hag-Seed is delightfully witty and light, but is also a magnificent piece of work - the play within the book, which is also the play, leading to layered narratives of Tempest-dom! Absolutely loved this and I think it and The Gap of Time are the strongest so far of the Hogarth Shakespeare books. Definitely one to pick up, worth even the hardback price. Don't be put off by the dark cover of Caliban - it's a wonderful, funny thing. Thank you to Hogarth Press for the review copy.

- 28/12/2016
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