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COLM TOIBIN — House of Names: A Novel

May 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$5

From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra—spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling—and her children. In House of Names, Tóibín 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.

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Details

Date:
May 18, 2017
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
$5
Event Categories:
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Website:
http://www.harvard.com/event/colm_toibin/

Organizer

Harvard Book Store
Phone:
6176611515
Email:
mharris@harvard.com
Website:
harvard.com

Venue

Brattle Theatre
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Did You Know?

Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.