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Fiction in brief: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

"Atwood is never less than readable, and she sustains her fantasy with gallant ingenuity."

By Jane Shilling   January 2017

cover-jpg-rendition-460-707Hag-Seed: “The Tempest Retold” by Margaret Atwood (Vintage, £16.99)

With its captivating fusion of magic and realism, Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest, has proved a rich source of creative inspiration for artists from Shelley and Auden to Derek Jarman and Thomas Adès. The novelist Margaret Atwood joins this tempestuous company at the invitation of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, whose retellings of Shakespeare’s plays by distinguished authors include Howard Jacobson’s Merchant of Venice and Edward St Aubyn’s forthcoming version of King Lear.

Atwood develops the theme of Prospero’s island as a place of confinement and…

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