Ragnarok: The End of the Gods (Myths)
Title: Ragnarok: The End of the Gods (Myths)
Author: A.S. Byatt
Ragnarok, the story of the end of the world, is told through the eyes of a young girl who, evacuated to the countryside during the Battle of Britain, finds a book of ancient Norse myths that she shares with the reader and relates to her own life and experiences of war.
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. As the bombs of the Blitz rain down on Britain, one young girl is evacuated to the 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 AS Byatt weaves into this most timely of books. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, this is a landmark.