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by Ewan Fernie & Simon Palfrey
"A miracle, an instant classic."
-- Slavoj Žižek, philosopher
The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant trembles with the knowledge of what's to come.
A collaboration between two of the world's most eminent Shakespeare scholars, "Macbeth, Macbeth" is a unique mix of creative fiction and literary criticism that charts a new way of doing both, sparking a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare's original tragedy. "Macbeth, Macbeth" weaves a thread that enrichens the original classic with the manic energy of Tristram Shandy, the grim intensity of Crime and Punishment, and the existential absurdity of Waiting for Godot.
"A thrilling re-imagination of Shakespeare’s darkest play."
-- Lucy Bailey, theatre director
"Shakespeare, I suspect, would have been delighted."
-- Don Paterson, poet
Beyond Criticism Editions is the reincarnation of the Beyond Criticism book series, originally published by Bloomsbury and now part of Boiler House Press' own experiments with the radical new forms that literary criticism might take in the 21st century.
The series launched across June 2021 with a set of four books, including other new works by Robert Crawford, and Ansgar Allen, as well as a new edition of the brilliant but until now out-of-print "Macbeth, Macbeth" by Ewan Fernie and Simon Palfrey...
Catch up with the hugely engaging discussion and entertaining readings from the "Macbeth, Macbeth" online launch.
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