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Jocasta

(2004)
Wife And Mother
A novel by

 
JOCASTA is acclaimed author Brian Aldiss' brilliant reworking of Sophocles classic Theban plays: OEDIPUS REX and ANTIGONE.

The tragedy of Oedipus is precipitated by his unwitting marriage to his mother, Jocasta. Brian Aldiss's psychological novel re-examines the entire Oedipus drama from Jocasta's point of view. At first, the minor vexations in her comfortable family life include having a Sphinx roaming the Theban palace, and dealing with her old grandmother, Semele, a relic of the Bronze Age who still practices magic. Gradually, however, the falsity of Jocasta's position becomes apparent. The oracle of the gods proves inescapable. Nemesis follows.

In Jocasta, Brian Aldiss brings vividly to life the ancient world of dreaming Thebes: a world of sun-drenched landscapes, golden dust, sphynxes, Furies, hermaphroditic philosophers, ghostly apparitions and ambivalent gods. Jocasta is also a strikingly effective contemplation of an older world order where the human mind is still struggling to understand itself and the nature of the world around it; for in Jocasta's world the human mind is on the cusp of completing its emergence from the slumber of precivilisation to that of modernity.

Aldiss sheds a fresh, occasionally humorous, light on this dark story of rare vintage. Intriguingly, the storytellers become involved in the stories they have dreamed up, resulting in a stunningly original intermingling of the modern and ancient worlds.

Jocasta is Brian Aldiss's new novel is original, irreverant and quite unlike anything else Aldiss has written.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: Jocasta: Wife and Mother
Author(s): Brian W Aldiss
ISBN: 0-9548277-0-8 / 978-0-9548277-0-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Rose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

December 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Jocasta: Wife and Mother
Author(s): Brian Aldiss
ISBN: 0-00-748214-0 / 978-0-00-748214-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Friday Project
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Jocasta: Wife and Mother
Author(s): Brian Aldiss
Publisher: The Friday Project
Availability: Amazon UK   


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