Maria Dahvana Headley updates the Old English epic into a moving 21st-century novel
The novel is not a retelling of that great old tale, but rather a playful reconsideration, an invitation to look at its characters from a different perspective.
The Old English epic becomes an ambitious American fable, in this bloodthirsty novel told from the point of view of the monster’s mother.
The Anglo-Saxon epic “Beowulf” has a historic place in English literature. But how much contemporary cultural resonance does it have?
Listen! We have heard scores of satires
By spear-penned Dames in the old days —
the glory they cut from fatuous families.