Siren Songs & Classical Illusions: Fifty modern fables
- Author: Kessler, Jascha
- Binding: Paperback
- Pages: 264
- Size: 6 x 9"
- Pub. Year: 1992
- ISBN: 0-929701-22-4
- In Stock: Yes
This trade paperback edition of the critically acclaimed 1986 hardcover Classical Illusions has been expanded with the addition of 22 new short stories, "Siren Songs." A master satirist, Kessler writes with devastating precision on the ironies of contemporary life, transposing ancient stereoptypes into modern settings, and holding modern mores up to the test of time.
Additionally, a Kindle eBook version, with a further 9 stories and a new introduction by the author, is now available on the Amazon website.
"A collective odyssey of the contemporary ruling class, with places as varied as Los Angeles, southern France and Central America being the equivalents of classical settings. Drawing on Greek, biblical, medieval and Incan mythologies, the author uses a number of first-person narrative voices that are sensitive to mythic occurences in daily life, presenting not one-to-one correspondences but 'illusions' in which the mythic past seems always present.... Ironic and tinged with a witty cynicism, all are composed in a stylized and captivating prose."
-- New York Times Book Review
Jascha Kessler is well-known for his many translations of poetry and prose from Eastern European languages, as well as for his widely published short fiction and poetry. He has taught at UCLA since 1961, has received two...