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The Silence of the Girls

De : Pat Barker
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Shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award 2018

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, read by Kristin Atherton and Michael Fox.  

From the Booker Prize-winning author of Regeneration and one of our greatest contemporary writers on war comes a reimagining of the most famous conflict in literature - the legendary Trojan War.

The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. But, though no one knows it yet, they are just 10 weeks away from the death of Achilles and the fall of Troy, an end to this long and bitter conflict. Briseis will see it all - and she will bear witness.

©2018 Pat Barker (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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One of the best books I have ever read or listened to. Once and again, the Iliad provides the canvas for mankind's eternal struggles with love and hate, life and death. As cruel as wonderful as such. From time to time though a writer works her own magic in weaving a new fabric out of the (never really) old substance. Madeline Miller did so in 2012 with her "Song of Achilles" and now Pat Barker did it again with "The Silence of the Girls".

Re-experiencing the tale of Achilles and Patroclus from another angle is wonderful as such but Barker weaves into this tale another one that has been hidden so far; -- and is possibly even more cruel than all the slaughter at and inside the gates of Troy: the story of the girls, raped, humiliated ... and maybe worst of all: condemned to almost total insignificance. Yet Barker's tale is not one of cruelty alone, it is also one of ambiguity, love and -- finally -- hope.

Her language flows like poetry and Kristin Atherton's reading makes you immerse in this flow. An audiobook as disturbing as it is addictive, full of cruelties and yet so comforting. Beautiful. Wonderful!

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