“Inspired by a Titan, she begins appropriately on a titanic scale, writing about the heavens and the earth, and astronomy and geology, and bringing her musings home to the human scale.” Sunday Times

“[Winterson] produces some exquisitely filmic prose that is almost mythopoetic.” Independent

“An original and challenging approach … profound and provocative.” Daily Mail

“A touching meditation on the difficult journey to self-knowledge, and also extremely funny, communicating verve and wit.” Guardian

Condemned to shoulder the world, for ever, by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas.

But then he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden — and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him…

Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles. Visionary and inventive, believable and intimate, Weight turns the familiar on its head to show us ourselves in a new light.

Jeanette Winterson by Dan PorgesJeanette Winterson’s first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, won the Whitbread prize for Best First Novel. Since then she has published several other novels, including Written on the Body, The Passion, The World and Other Places and most recently a children’s picture book, The King of Capri. She has adapted her work for TV, film and stage. Her books are published in 36 countries. She lives in Oxfordshire and London.
  1. Spencer (February 27, 2008 at 1:12 am) :

    Jeanette Winterson is my favorite contemporary author, so when I heard that she was retelling this myth, I knew I’d have to pick it up. After I read it (I loved it) I decided to get the rest of the series, and each book has been great so far! Winterson’s retelling of Atlas & Heracles is like an out of body experience. How do you feel when you have (literally) the weight of the world on your shoulders? What’s it like to have that weight relieved? I felt that this book really felt these questions out and in typical Winterson style, it was not only compelling, but beautifully written.

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