ebook The Myth of Atlas & Heracles · Text Myth

By Jeanette Winterson

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The Titan Atlas has led a failed rebellion against the gods of Olympus and is condemned to bear the weight of the earth and the heavens for eternity. When Heracles is required, as one of his twelve labours, to steal the golden apples of life he seeks out Atlas and proposes a bargain: he will shoulder the world temporarily if the Titan will bring him the fruit. Enticed by the prospect of even a short-lived freedom, Atlas agrees and an uneasy partnership is born.

With typical wit and verve, Jeanette Winterson brings Atlas' story into the twenty-first century in this addition to the International Myths Series. Her retelling is peppered with thorny questions-about the nature of choice and coercion and about how we forge our own destiny. In Weight, Winterson's award-winning skill in turning the familiar on its head and showing us a different truth is once more put to dazzling effect.

Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won the Whitbread prize for Best First Novel. Since then she has published seven other novels, including The Passion, Written on the Body and The PowerBook, a collection of short stories, The World and Other Places, a book of essays, Art Objects and the children's book, The King of Capri. Her most recent book is The Stone Gods. She has adapted her work for TV, film and stage. Her books are published in thirty-two countries. She lives in Oxfordshire and London.