Averno

by Louise Gluck

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Averno | 9780241526002 | Louise Gluck

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ISBN:9780241526002

Format:Paperback / softback

Published:26/08/2021 by Penguin Books Ltd

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This startlingly original reworking of the Persephone myth takes us to the icy shores of Averno, the crater lake regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. Here, the consolations of rebirth and renewal are eclipsed by the immediacy of loss – by a mother’s possessive grief, an abducted girl’s equivocal memories, a farmer’s lament for a lost harvest. This chorus offers neither comfort nor solace but deepened understanding, its sorrow textured by the poet’s luminous wit. Together, the poems of Averno swell to a staggeringly powerful lamentation, through which the reader glimpses the ecstasy of the inevitable, only to find it resisted by the insistent, impersonal presence of the Earth.

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