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Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold - Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold - Margaret Atwood

Title: Hag-Seed

Author:  Margaret Atwood

ISBN:  9781781090220

Weight:  691g

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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

‘It’s got a thunderstorm in it.  And revenge.  Definitely revenge.’

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival.  His productions have amazed and confounded.  Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan.  Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda.  And also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison.  Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him.  It’s magic!  But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

Peer & Press Reviews

A triumph…  The book illuminates the breadth and depth of the whole play.  The troupe’s workshops on it fizz with perception as Atwood transmits the pleasurable buzz of exploring a literary masterpiece.  There won’t be a more glowing tribute to Shakespeare in his 400th anniversary year.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

Atwood’s canny remix offers multiple pleasures: seeing the inmates’ takes on their characters, watching Felix make use of the limited resources the prison affords (legal and less so), and marveling at the ways she changes, updates, and parallels the play’s magic, grief, vengeance, and showmanship.

Publishers Weekly

A delight… not only an unputdownable tale of revenge, it is also a masterclass in how to teach Shakespeare to those who think they won’t like it.

Alice O’Keefe, Bookseller

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Hag-Seed
Sub title: The Tempest Retold
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

The Hogarth Shakespeare series is a major international project that will see Shakespeare’s plays reimagined by some of today’s bestselling and most celebrated writers.  The books will be true to the spirit of the original plays, while giving authors an exciting opportunity to do something new.

The first book in the series, published October 2015, was The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s retelling of The Winter’s Tale.

Three books are due for publication in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death…

  • Shylock is My Name (The Merchant of Venice) – Howard Jacobson
  • Vinegar Girl (The Taming of the Shrew) – Anne Tyler
  • Hag-Seed (The Tempest) – Margaret Atwood

Tracy Chevalier’s Othello, Gillian Flynn’s Hamlet, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth and Edward St Aubyn’s King Lear will follow in due course.

Edition features: The main body of the book is 283 pages.  The back matter contains an additional 6 pages: a 5-page precis of the original play, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare plus 1-page that outlines the Hogarth Shakespeare series
Series: Hogarth Shakespeare – book 4
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Hogarth
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781781090220
ISBN 10: 178109022X
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 283 [main body]
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 145 x 30mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Liam Sharp
Jacket illustration: Vladimir Zimakov

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