The Song of Achilles: A Novel

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“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

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Dioses, héroes y hombres en un mundo aparentemente gobernado por el Destino. La más grande epopeya de nuestra civilización sigue presente hoy más que nunca.

El joven príncipe Patroclo mata por accidente a un muchacho. Repudiado por su padre, es exiliado al reino de Ftía, donde lo acoge el rey Peleo, un hombre bendecido por los dioses, inteligente, apuesto, valiente y reconocido por su piedad. Tanto que se le concedió el más alto honor, la posibilidad de engendrar un hijo con una diosa: Aquiles.

Aquiles es fuerte, noble, luminoso. Patroclo no puede evitar admirar hasta el último de sus gestos; su belleza y perfección hacen que sea incapaz de contemplarlo sin una punzada de dolor. Por eso no se explica que Aquiles lo escoja como hermano de armas, un puesto de la más alta estima que lo unirá a él por lazos de sangre y lealtad, pero también de amor. Así emprenden juntos el camino de la vida, compartiendo cada instante, cada experiencia, cada aprendizaje y preparándose para el cumplimiento de una profecía: el destino de Aquiles como mejor guerrero de su generación.

Especializada en cultura clásica, Madeline Miller acomete una relectura del mito de Troya, demostrando su plena actualidad y vigencia. Todos los elementos que tan familiares nos resultan y que forman una parte tan esencial de nuestra cultura tienen cabida en ella: la belleza de Helena, la fuerza de Áyax, la astucia de Ulises, la nobleza de Héctor, el sacrificio de Ifigenia, la obstinación de Agamenón...

Libro ganador del Orange Prize 2012

«Una versión deslumbrante, vívida y convincente de una de las más legendarias historias de amor».
Emma Donoghue, autora de La habitación

«La canción de Aquiles es al mismo tiempo un homenaje a La Ilíada y una obra de arte asombrosamente original de una escritora novel de tremendo talento. (...) Un libro queno se puede soltar».
Ann Patchett, autora y ganadora del Premio Faulkner

«La decisión de escribir La Ilíada como una novela moderna fue inteligente y el resultado es magnífico. Leí este libro pasmado de admiración por la calidad de su escritura, su ritmo narrativo y su profundidad imaginativa. Si tuviera que dar un premio a la mejor obra de ficción que he leído este año, este sería el ganador sin lugar a dudas».
Reader 's Digest

«Original, inteligente y con estilo propio (...). Su habilidad es considerable: nos hace pensar en Aquiles y Patroclo casi como si fueran los personajes contemporáneos de una película de Hollywood».
The Independent on Sunday

«En una novela moderna se demandan otras explicaciones para la forma en que las personas se comportan, y Miller proporciona esto en una revisión de la historia, a veces muy conmovedora. Todo un logro».
The Times

Sunday Times

«Buen ritmo, atractiva y de buen gusto».
Times Literary Supplement

«Extraordinaria. Bella, descriptiva, conmovedora y lírica, es una historia de amor sensible e intuitiva».
Daily Mail

«Miller ha quitado la modernidad de su historia. No hay psicología freudiana, no es escepticismo ilustrado acerca de la religión, no hay ironía inteligente del siglo XXI. Armada por la erudición, su imaginación se combina perfectamente con los incidentes de La Ilíada».
Washington Post

«Imprescindible para aquellos a los que le guste la mitología y recomendado a los amantes de la ficción histórica y con pequeñas tonalidades homosexuales».
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