Ragnarok, by A.S. Byatt

Ragnarok jacket

Ragnarok retells the finale of Norse mythology. A story of the destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves: what more relevant myth could any modern writer choose? Just as Wagner used this dramatic and catastrophic struggle for the climax of his Ring Cycle, so AS Byatt now reinvents it in all its intensity and glory. Ragnarok is the story of the end of the world. It is a tale of destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves. What more relevant myth could any modern writer find? As the bombs rain down in the Second World War, one young girl is evacuated to the English countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new wartime life. Then she is given a copy of Asgard and the Gods – a book of ancient Norse myths – and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. War, natural disaster, reckless gods and the recognition of impermanence in the world are just some of the threads that A.S. Byatt weaves into this most timely of books. Just as Wagner borrowd from this dramatic Norse saga for the climax of the Ring Cycle, so Byatt reinvents it for our time in all its intensity and glory. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, this is a landmark piece of storytelling from one of the world’s truly great writers.
AS Byatt
A.S. Byatt is the author of fifteen works of fiction including the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer’s Tale and, most recently, the Man Booker-shortlisted The Children’s Book. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A.S. Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.
  1. Spencer (August 4, 2011 at 3:48 am) :

    I am so excited for this book! How timely, indeed, especially considering the tragedy that recently unfolded in Norway.

    Oh, and btw, THANK YOU for making this a hardback release!

  2. Natalie (August 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm) :

    I agree, please do hardbacks as I was collecting them and was really annoyed to have a couple of paperbacks!

  3. elsa (May 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm) :

    I am very fond of Byatt’s books, all read in English. I have just started reading Ragnarok and
    I have been overwhelmed by an amount of verbs and words belonging to a such specific technical field that a non native risks to loose the thread of the story.
    That’s why I would like to read a native’s opinion
    on what I have pointed out for a comparison.
    Thank you

  4. elsa (May 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm) :

    Is it possible to get a feedback to the comment I have written above referring to A.Byatt’s
    Ragnarok?
    Thank you, Elsa

  5. elsa (May 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm) :

    not yet. thank you

  6. J Berry (October 28, 2012 at 10:12 am) :

    No new myth in the sries now fro over a year? What is the future schedule,or did the slip into paperback signal the doom of the myths series?

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