(E–pub) Bright Air Black AUTHOR David Vann

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review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ David Vann free read Bright Air Black 106 Us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia’s Colchis where Medea flees her home and father with Jason the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece Vann’s reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling realist alternative to the long held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress We witness. 45 StarsVann s telling of his story of Jason and Medea begins aboard the Argo with Medea s father in pursuit She has ripped out all their hearts she knows Her father s crew crippled to see him made smaller She will humble him until there s nothing left until his men don t know why they re rowing They will collect the pieces of the son and wonder that demigods can fall so easilyVann s Medea is fiery a uick tempered passionate feisty descendant of gods and royalty A sorceress She falls in love with Jason leaves her home to travel with him on the Argo to his home Iolcos where they will marry and then rule it is Jason s birthright The prose is spellbinding Vann has such a way with weaving his spell around horrifying scenes with some of the most gorgeous crafted imagery Violent dark and disturbing Medea is as Jason says to her rage personified and when her rage is unleashed well hell hath no fury like a sorceress scorned Be prepared to read this when you aren t pressed for time With very few breaks built in it s a bit difficult to find a place to stop but don t let that stop you from reading this because the truth is you won t want to stopPub Date 7 Mar 2017Many thanks for the ARC provided by Grove Atlantic Grove Press Black Cat The House on Tradd Street until there s nothing left Last to Die unleashed well hell hath no fury like a sorceress scorned Be prepared to read this when you aren t pressed for time With very few breaks built in it s a bit difficult to find a place to stop but don t let that stop you from reading this because the truth is you won t want to stopPub Date 7 Mar 2017Many thanks for the ARC provided by Grove Atlantic Grove Press Black Cat

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review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ David Vann free read Bright Air Black 106 With dramatic urgency Medea’s humanity her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society her love affair with Jason and her tragic demise Atmospheric and spellbinding Bright Air Black is an indispensable fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea’s story ever tol. Bright Air Black reuires and rewards rapt attention Like every other Vann novel the writing is a uniue mix of poetry and viscera There is really no one else who writes like this There is no one else who could have so deeply imagined Medea murdering her brother on the deck of Jason s ship as she flees with Jason from her father s wrath The moment where she cuts her brother s throat which she does without hesitation but while looking into his eyes loving him is moving and also very disturbing Chapters later she scrapes her brother s remains from where they have congealed on the deck and Vann s meticulous care in describing this scene would be remarkable all on its own but these scenes and their remarkableness just keep coming one following another I don t think the style is similar but in its revivification of an ancient and familiar story it reminds me of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Saramago Claiming Her uniue mix of poetry and viscera There is really no one else who writes like this There is no one else who could have so deeply imagined Medea murdering her brother on the deck of Jason s ship as she flees with Jason from her father s wrath The moment where she cuts her brother s throat which she does without hesitation but while looking into his eyes loving him is moving and also very disturbing Chapters later she scrapes her brother s remains from where they have congealed on the deck and Vann s meticulous care in describing this scene would be remarkable all on its own but these scenes and their remarkableness just keep coming one following another I don t think the style is similar but in its revivification of an ancient and familiar story it reminds me of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Saramago

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review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ David Vann free read Bright Air Black 106 Following the success of Auarium which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and garnered numerous rave reviews David Vann transports us to 13th century BC to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology’s most fascinating and notorious women Medea In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings. Born to destroy kings born to reshape the world born to horrify and break and remake born to endure and never to be erased Hekate Medea than god and than woman alive now in the time of origin Bright Air Black is a lyrical ode to the rage and power and will of one woman Medea Spirited from the pages of Greek mythology and Euripides Medea David Vann s Medea is a fierce mostly fearless princess and priestess as much in love with Jason as desperately seeking her own dominion to rule her own decisions and choices to make her own power to exercise as she sees fit who teeters in darkness and madness when the threats of enslavement or subordination arise Book I is dedicated to the escape of the Minyae Argonauts and the pursuit by Medea s father Aeetes as she ruminates on what she has done murder her brother and put pieces of him calculatingly into the sea to halt her fathers pursuit and what she would and will do for Jason and for her own freedom and ascension and their arrival at Jason s home of Iolcos Book II brings us to her most powerful and desperate time her trickery to ensure the death of Pelias so Jason can reclaim his rightful throne his failure to act and their removal to Corinth Jason s withdrawal of love and protection for her and their children and the entrance of Glauce usurper of Jason s heart and need for conuest Her revenge upon Jason is not without horrible pain and loss for Medea as well and her split second decision to murder her sons is no less agonizing than in Euripides tragedy This is a novel concerned with agency freedom loyalty power and immortality what it means to be remembered in your own time and all times and why and how that occurs Though it s not perfect I found this to be a singular powerful haunting and gorgeous read and gave it 5 stars Jason would erase Medea Use her to claim a victory to claim dominion over barbarian lands use her to bear children his heirs of royal lineage on both sides then cast her away to be forgotten She knows he would do this and this is what she must make impossible She clings to him now suspended over the deck lost in pleasure but she won t forget This is another retelling of an ancient tale and the second I ve read this month after Colm Toibin s House of Names What makes Bright Air Black stand out is who is telling it and how it s being told Everything is from a third person perspective centered on Medea and it s all told in present tense Many individual lines are these short bursts with uneven rhythm and tempo a bit strange at first until you realize you re pulled into the web of Medea s thoughts instincts emotions And she is both base and wise human but something so her stream of consciousness and torrent of feelings are mirrored in Vann s prose This is a read to submit to and submerge beneath best to read in one sitting to get your bearings and then dive in And it s not overly long but it is oppressively dark and sinister and sad which can make it difficult to turn the page and move inexorably to the ending we all know is coming even Medea to an extent though she does what she can to avert it empower herself and occasionally believe in her love for Jason though she believes in her own strength and will The writing is clipped but charged little lightning bolts of description and dialogue And there are small breaks between scenes but no real chapters other than the Book I and II split We are borne upon Medea s mind and action as she is borne upon the Argo and just as her days and nights seem endless so too does the writing stretch and flow It makes for a very uniue reading experience that once I was into I could not interrupt though I can see how the style may not work for everyone She would be a wrath much larger She would decimate all And she wonders why this is Rage but others feel rage The difference in her is that nothing will hold her back She will do what is monstrous because monstrous is only the absence of a lie the great lie if what we are to each other wife and husband daughter and father sister and brother subject and king In the absence of that lie a great freedom any action possible It s interesting that when I first heard the tale of Jason and the Argonauts or Jason and the Golden Fleece Medea is a secondary character a helper to Jason and desperately in love with him only to go mad when he puts her aside and enact terrible wrongs upon him But for Euripides and now for Vann Medea is central important in her own right owed for being the true deliverer of the Argonauts safely home from their uest yet despised and feared and not celebrated by any of them including Jason And in Bright Air Black we see some of it is of her own doing playing up her devotion to Hekate spitting blood at the men belittling and swearing at most of them during the journey This comes out of her need for freedom and desire for domination but also fear of slavery of servitude of being made less than what she is and turned simply into a woman to be dismissed and downtrodden and disposed of at the whim of a man be it her father brother Pelias Creon or Jason She sees them value and worship gods for these unbelievable actions so she takes them in hand and is her own god to imbue fear and deference in them She s complex and always has been a primal force of nature a maelstrom of emotion but also has in her the same basic ualities we all have in ourselves There s also a proto feminist message here as Medea refuses to be enslaved by her societal or natural instincts to suborn herself to the will of men She s tested by those impulses as they flee her father and she is tempted to bring her brother back to life and rebuild their family and again as Jason is ready to put her aside and she uestions if she should submit go easy for the sake of her children be spurned and cast out She will not be mastered If it is natural to be a slave she will be unnatural Medea s darkness is of human origin and she is partially pushed into malice and cruelty by those forces that would see her bound and restrained And as Vann has us seeing the world of the Greeks through her perspective we are able to empathize with her emotions if not always her actions If enough people repeat the stories for long enough Jason will become something that cannot die but he also will have been erased because the actions are too large and impersonal The stories will reveal nothing about the real man that lived Medea would have something personal something remembered and caught and frozen that can only be her some moment none can fully understand or forget Vann s words about Medea s views about herself and her husband are ultimately proved accurate in the modern age Jason is remembered as a sort of hero lesser than those that followed but without real connection to his character and in myth he dies alone and unloved and forsaken crushed under the dilapidated Argo And Vann gives us a Jason who is young willful capricious knowing less about power than his wife and never truly desiring to rule Meanwhile Medea lives on in myth and modern scholarship and now in David Vann s meditative novel Bright Air Black feared and abhorred and remembered for her actions against her own children and her dark power but also understood contemplated allotted complexity of character and motive She is feared for her powers but also underestimated many times over for being a woman which proves that those men who become her enemies are taken unawares by their adversary even and especially Jason Vann s retelling is worthy of the source material in substance and especially in style I d give this 45 stars overall rounding up to 5 It s not a perfect read I felt the ending was a bit too abrupt with little delving into a Medea s psyche after committing fillicide and I would have preferred less time spent on the Argo to get from Medea in Iolcos or Corinth or even Athens that phase of her life does not appear But overall I thought this was well done extremely uniue a most worthy retelling and a beautiful piece of art I highly recommended for enthusiasts of Greek mythology with an understanding that you are getting a contemporary spin on an old tale done in an epic lyrical style and that the overall feeling is black as night and may take you to your own dark places while reading it received as an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review thanks to Grove Atlantic


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  • Bright Air Black
  • David Vann
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  • 19 September 2020
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