John Spurling’s latest novel
In Spurling’s hands myths intersect, intermingle, cross-fertilise, and emerge as unabashedly confident chronicles with their own unique traditions and personalities.
In Arcadian Nights, John Spurling revisits many of these crucial Greek myths, bringing them to new life.
From the terrace of his house in Arcadia on the coast of the Peloponnese, Spurling re-imagines the stories of Agamemnon, Theseus, Herakles, Perseus and the god Apollo.
Here also are the Medusa, Medea Phaedra, the Minotaur and the goddess Athene.
Where details of certain stories have been lost to time, he's infused them with his own; where discrepancy and obscurity cloud the narratives, Spurling has added scene, dialogue and context, while always staying true
to the spirit of the original myth.
The result is a vibrant collection of gripping and sometimes grisly stories made fresh again for our time.