"Atwood is never less than readable, and she sustains her fantasy with gallant ingenuity."by Jane Shilling / December 15, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
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 a crucible for psychological change, setting her novel in a prison where her Prospero, the un-aptly named Felix, takes a job as a literacy teacher, having been brutally ousted from his position as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theater Festival.