Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Madeline Miller

Excavating Achilles: Following Homer’s Hero Through the Ages

Artist Talk, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members, $10 for non-members

The Song of AchillesThe Song of AchillesMadeline MillerMadeline MillerMadeline MillerPhotograph by Nina Subin 
The Song of AchillesMadeline Miller 

Author Madeline Miller reads from her 2012 Orange Prize-winning novel, The Song of Achilles, and explores the stories that are at the heart of its creation. Swift-footed and ill-fated, Achilles has proven to be one of Homer’s most enduring creations. Miller traces his development from ancient Mycenaean times through today, revealing how she constructed her own version of the great hero in her novel and how she reconstructed Homer’s poetic world.

Signed copies of The Song of Achilles will be for sale at the event.

The Song of Achilles is at once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan War and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down.”

Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder

“To re-write Homer’s The Iliad as a modern novel was a bold move–but it has paid off superbly…. I read this book awestruck with admiration for the quality of its writing, its narrative pace and its imaginative depth. If I were to give a prize for the best work of fiction I’ve read this year, this would be the runaway winner. As a first novel, it heralds the arrival of a major new talent.”

A. N. Wilson, Reader’s Digest

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