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The Last Song of Orpheus by Robert Silverberg
Review by Mel Jacob
Subterranean Press Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596063105
Date: 30 September 2010 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The first major piece from Robert Silverberg since 2003, The Song of Orpheus, retells the stories and legends associated with the musician. Silverberg relates it in storyteller fashion. Orpheus is doomed to repeat the cycle of his life forever. The son of Apollo, he is given the gift of music, but it has a price. As told by Silverberg, Orpheus is tempered by the gods with love and death. He ends making a sacrifice of himself, but must repeat the cycle forever.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In the course of his extraordinary--and prolific--career, Robert Silverberg has made an enormous contribution to imaginative literature. In The Last Song of Orpheus, his longest story in more than a decade, Silverberg has given us one of his most remarkable accomplishments, a resonant recreation of one of the central myths of western civilization.

In this mesmerizing narrative, Orpheus--wanderer, demigod, and master musician--recounts his own astonishing story. That story ranges from the depths of the Underworld, where he attempts to rescue his beloved but doomed Eurydice, to the farthest, most dangerous corners of the ancient world, where he journeys in search of the legendary Golden Fleece. It is a tale of men and gods, of miraculous encounters, of the binding power of inescapable Fate. More than that, it is a meditation on the power of the creative spirit, and on the eternal human search for balance and harmony in a chaotic universe. Beautifully constructed and masterfully written, The Last Song of Orpheus is Silverberg at his incomparable best, showing us a deeply familiar series of scenes, themes, and characters from a fresh, wholly original perspective.

(Source: Subterranean Press)

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