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Trojan Women

by Gwendolyn MacEwen, introduction by Claudia Dey

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list price: $19.95
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category: Drama
published: Sep 2009
ISBN:9781550961232
publisher: Exile Editions
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With a stunning command of the Greek language and a mastery of poetic nuance, this translation of Euripides' play breathes unparalleled life into an ancient masterpiece. Using vocabulary that gives the sense that the play was written with an appreciation of and application to the 20th and 21st centuries, this adaptation goes beyond the timeless plot of the consequences of war and the fate of both the victors and the losers and focuses on the modern-day issues of feminism and women's rights. Also included in this volume are two long poems—"Helen" and "Orestes"—by contemporary Greek poet Yannis Ritsos, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize.

About the Authors
Gwendolyn MacEwen was born in Toronto in 1941. The author of numerous books of poetry, including The Shadow Maker and Afterworlds, which both won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. She also published novels, plays, travel memoirs, and children’s books. MacEwen died in 1987.
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CLAUDIA DEY is a novelist, playwright and columnist. Her plays have been produced internationally and include BeaverTrout Stanley and The Gwendolyn Poems, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, was chosen by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire as a Best Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Dey lives in Toronto and is co-owner and co-creator of the design label Horses Atelier.

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Contributor Notes

Gwendolyn MacEwen was a well-known writer of poetry, drama, and fiction. Among her publications are Breakfast for the Barbarians, Shadow Maker, and The T. E. Lawrence Poems.

Editorial Review

“It’s significant that MacEwen would choose to translate The Trojan Women and Helen texts, for after all, they are filled with the plaint of women, their powerlessness, their victimization, and a sense of isolation . . . The vocabulary of these translations is so much MacEwen’s own that they seem almost to have been written by her. These translations are deeply felt.”

— Margaret Atwood, author of The Penelopiad

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