Cassandra : a Novel and Four Essays by Christa Wolf ; Translated From the German by Jan Van Heurck.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1984. Stated "First printing, 1984" on the copyright page. Hardcover. 305 pages ; 22 cm. $17.95 dust jacket. Very good + copy. No markings to pages.
A Novel and Four Essays Translated by Jan van Heurck
"The world has run its race since the time of Cassandra, whose words no one believed; who angered the powerful, the men; who in the end became the victim of her prophetic gift. Now we are in the final lap. Does Cassandra have a chance of being heard today?" DEUTSCHES ALLGEMEINES SONNTAGSBLATT
In the tradition of such masterpieces of historical fiction as Mary Renault's The King Must Die, East German writer Christa Wolf movingly and hauntingly retells the story of the fall of Troy—but from the point of view of a woman. Written as a result of the author's Greek travels and studies, Cassandra speaks to us in a pressing monologue whose inner focal points are war and patriarchial society.
Cassandra, daughter of Priam, the King of Troy, is endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated by Apollo never to be believed. Troy has fallen to the Greeks after a long and murderous war, her father has been killed, and Cassandra is being taken back to Greece by Agamemnon, the King of Mycenae. Cassandra knows Agamemnon will survive his return to his wife, Clytemnestra, by only a few hours, and that Clytemnestra will kill her, too. As she journeys to her death, Cassandra confronts her past in a stream of memories, reflections, interpretations, and reframings, a process that brings her to an understanding of her fate and a determination to pass her story on.
The genesis of the novel Cassandra is given in the four accompanying pieces, which take the form of travel reports from Greece, journal entries, and a letter to. a friend. They explore issues as diverse as the threat of nuclear war, the role of women in ancient civilizations and in modern societies, the role of women in literature in the past six thousand years, religion. Yet, no matter what she is discussing, Wolf eventually circles back to Cassandra. Although Wolf is in a sense possessed by Cassandra, it is the sanity of her voice which makes us read this book with our own sense of urgency.
CHRISTA WOLF is considered one of East Germany's most prominent writers. Her novels include The Quest for Christa T. (1970), A Model Childhood (1979), and No Place on Earth (1982).
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