Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hag Seed - William Shakespeare’s The Tempest Retold


William Shakespeare’s The Tempest Retold

Margaret Atwood

 Hogarth,  RRP $37.00



Shakespeare’s play of magic and illusion reimagined by one of

the world’s great literary innovators.

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His

productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not

only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in

a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also

brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby

prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who

destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

 Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, revenge and

second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises

and wonders of its own.

About the author:
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including The Handmaid’s Tale, the Booker-winning The Blind Assassin, the
MaddAddam trilogy, and her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last. Her work has received many awards around the world. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist,
playwright and puppeteer. Her first encounters with Shakespeare took place in the 1950s at her Toronto high school, and she has consistently named him as one of the most important influences on her own work. ‘The Tempest is, in some ways, an early multimedia musical,’ she says. ‘If Shakespeare were working today he’d be using every special effect technology now makes available. But The Tempest is especially intriguing because of the many questions it leaves unanswered. What a strenuous pleasure it has been to wrestle with it!’


The world’s favourite playwright

Today’s best-loved novelists

Timeless stories retold

The Hogarth Shakespeare series is a major international publishing initiative across the

Penguin Random House Group. William Shakespeare was the great ‘reteller’ and the

series aims to continue this tradition and celebrate his legacy, introducing his plays to a

new generation of fans.

The series launched with Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time. A further three novels

will be published during the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death in 2016:

Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name (The Merchant of Venice) in February, Anne

Tyler’s Vinegar Girl (The Taming of the Shrew) in June and Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed

(The Tempest) in October.

The first four in the series will be joined by Tracy Chevalier’s Othello, Gillian Flynn’s

Hamlet, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth and Edward St Aubyn’s King Lear. The books will be true to

the spirit of the original plays, while giving authors an exciting opportunity to do something


The novels will be published simultaneously across the English-speaking world in print,

digital and audio formats, which will make the books available to an even broader

audience. Rights to the novels have already been sold in nineteen countries – the latest

being Romania, Greece and Estonia – and the series will be published in twenty-two

languages across twenty-eight territories.

Hogarth Shakespeare is also a member of Shakespeare400 – a consortium of leading

cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London,

which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Through a

connected series of public performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative activities

in the capital and beyond, partners will celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare during the

quarter centenary year.

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