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A fresh and provocative take on one of mythology's most fascinating and notorious women, recasting Medea from the monster she is often known to be into a flawed, feminine being, a woman in love

It is 13th century B.C. and aboard the ship Argo, Medea, Jason and the Argonauts make their return journey across the Black Sea from Persia’s Colchis, in possession of the Golden Fleece.

David Vann, in brilliant poetic prose, gives us a nuanced and electric portrait of one of Greek mythology’s most fascinating and notorious figures, Medea; an ancient tale reimagined through the eyes of the woman often cast as sorceress and monster.

Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea’s story ever told.

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  • Paperback

    9781925355208

    March 20, 2017

    Text (Adult)

    272 pages

    RRP $29.99

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