Eating of the Gods
Jan Kott

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 8 hours and 54 minutes

What to expect

In The Eating of the Gods the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy from the modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare, Our Contemporary, Kott provides startling insights and intuitive leaps which link our world to that of the ancient Greeks. The title refers to the Bacchae of Euripides, that tragedy of lust, revenge, murder, and "the joy of eating raw flesh" which Kott finds paradigmatic in its violence and bloodshed. Whether reflecting on Prometheus or drawing a modern parallel in Beckett's Happy Days ("the final version of the Prometheus myth"), Kott's vision is brilliant, his method innovative, and his sensibility consistently new. Since this book first appeared, Kott's connections between ancient and modern have become even more compelling in their immediacy.

Genre

Literary studies: plays and playwrights, Theatre studies, History of Performing Arts

Listen to a sample

“He sights at Greek tragedy…along the smoking chimneys of Auschwitz…No twentieth-century [critic] could come closer to making Sophocles a contemporary.”