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Title: THE LAST SONG OF ORPHEUS
Publisher: Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:
Publication Date: 2010
Edition: 1st edition
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In the course of his extraordinary--and prolific--career, Robert Silverberg has made an enormous contribution to imaginative literature. In The Last Song of Orpheus, his longest story in more than a decade, Silverberg has given us one of his most remarkable accomplishments, a resonant recreation of one of the central myths of western civilization.
In this mesmerizing narrative, Orpheus--wanderer, demigod, and master musician--recounts his own astonishing story. That story ranges from the depths of the Underworld, where he attempts to rescue his beloved but doomed Eurydice, to the farthest, most dangerous corners of the ancient world, where he journeys in search of the legendary Golden Fleece. It is a tale of men and gods, of miraculous encounters, of the binding power of inescapable Fate. More than that, it is a meditation on the power of the creative spirit, and on the eternal human search for balance and harmony in a chaotic universe. Beautifully constructed and masterfully written, The Last Song of Orpheus is Silverberg at his incomparable best, showing us a deeply familiar series of scenes, themes, and characters from a fresh, wholly original perspective.
SFWA Grand Master Silverberg (Roma Eterna) makes an all too rare appearance with his longest tale in a decade, a powerful retelling of the myth of Orpheus. Born to the muse Calliope, dedicated to Apollo, and destined to be king of Thrace, Orpheus was the greatest musician of the ancient world. The story of his epic journey to the underworld takes up only the first part of Silverberg's novella. The rest recounts his time in Egypt studying the pharaohs, his voyage with Jason and the Argonauts to bring back the Golden Fleece, and his eventual return to Thrace to meet his foretold death. Silverberg hews closely to the source material, with language elevated in the manner of a good translation of Homer. Though it's not the literary SF that has won Silverberg much of his fame, readers who love ancient myths will find much to admire.
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