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This is David Malouf's first novel in 10 years and is a retelling of Homer's Iliad, focusing on the events following the slaying of Achilles' beloved comrade Patroclus by Hector. Malouf is ambiguous on whether the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus was sexual, although Achilles' hysterical reaction to the death of his mate suggests their love was more than brotherly. Malouf's lyrical, precise and powerful language help to create a version of this classic tale that examines pride, grief, brutality, love and neighbourliness, in a contemporary and yet timeless way.
Paperback, 224 Pages, this Ed. Published 2010
Author: David Malouf