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Jocasta: Wife and Mother
by Brian Aldiss
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007482140, Paperback)A Theban adventure from the master of Science-Fiction, here proving himself adept at imagining historical worlds. Part of the Brian Aldiss Collection. In Jocasta, Aldiss brings vividly to life the ancient world of dreaming Thebes: a world of sun-drenched landscapes, golden dust, sphynxes, Furies, hermaphroditic philosophers, ghostly apparitions and ambivalent gods. Jocasta is also a strikingly effective contemplation of an older world order where the human mind is still struggling to understand itself and the nature of the world around it.
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At first, Jocasta's comfortable family life is only disturbed by minor vexations - her annoying grandmother practicing Bronze Age magic, house-training the pet Sphinx - but gradually the falseness of her position becomes clear. A tragedy unfolds. Jocasta is a mischievous reworking of two of Sophocles' classic plays, Oedipus Rex and Antigone, set in the ancient realm of Thebes: a world of sun-drenched landscapes, golden dust, mythical beasts, hermaphroditic philosophers, ghostly apparitions and ambivalent gods. In this daring novel, Aldiss re-examines the entire Oedipus drama from a new perspective - Jocasta's - and sheds a fresh and darkly humorous light on this infamous story.
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