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House of Names

(2017)
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From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Toibin comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra - spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling - and her children.

"I have been acquainted with the smell of death." So begins Clytemnestra's tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.

Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions: how her husband deceived her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would make the winds blow in his favor and take him to Troy; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus, who shared her bed in the dark and could kill; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayal - his quest for victory, greater than his love for his child.

In House of Names, Colm Toibin brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra's thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth's most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. Told in fours parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess, who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes' story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother's lover Aegisthus, his escape and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation, until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: House of Names (Center Point Large Print)
Author(s): Colm Toibin
ISBN: 1-68324-394-3 / 978-1-68324-394-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point
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May 2017 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: House of Names
Author(s): Colm Toibin
ISBN: 0-241-25768-9 / 978-0-241-25768-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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May 2017 : Canada Hardback
thumbTitle: House of Names: A Novel
Author(s): Colm Toibin
ISBN: 0-7710-9819-7 / 978-0-7710-9819-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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May 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: House of Names: A Novel
Author(s): Colm Toibin
ISBN: 1-5011-4021-3 / 978-1-5011-4021-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: House of Names
Author(s): Colm Toibin
ISBN: 0-241-26493-6 / 978-0-241-26493-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Audio Editions

May 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: House of Names
Author(s): Colm Toibin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.
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May 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: House of Names
Author(s): Colm Toibin
ISBN: 1-5082-2790-X / 978-1-5082-2790-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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May 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: House of Names
Author(s): Colm Toibin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

May 2017 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: House of Names
Author(s): Colm Toibin
Publisher: Viking
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May 2017 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: House of Names: A Novel
Author(s): Colm Toibin
Publisher: Scribner
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May 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: House of Names: A Novel
Author(s): Colm Toibin
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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