Bright Air Black

Bright Air Black

Title:Bright Air Black
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780434023349
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

In Bright Air Black, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. 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 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 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 told.


    Bright Air Black Reviews

  • Elyse Walters

    "Bright Air Black"..... requires a life preserve jacket while reading! A Lightweight polyethylene foam coated vest with a polyester shell will give you the protection needed to hit the waters with Med...

  • Bradley

    Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!I knew I was going to get a retelling of Medea from her point of view during the quest of The Golden Fleece and after, with Jason, but I wasn't quite prepared for just...

  • Sam

    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, more than god and more than woman, alive now, in the time...

  • Robin

    Earlier this year, I read the hugely popular Circe, named for a demi-goddess who becomes a witch. A witch who sometimes turns men into pigs. Once, in a fit of jealousy, she turned a nymph into a hideo...

  • Hannah

    If I was to rate this book purely based on its language it would be a five star book, hands down. David Vann really knows how to write the most amazing sentences. Some paragraphs were just breathtakin...

  • Cheri

    4.5 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...

  • Lark Benobi

    Bright Air Black requires and rewards rapt attention. Like every other Vann novel the writing is a unique mix of poetry and viscera. There is really no one else who writes like this. There is no one e...

  • Trish

    This is a thing of beauty. True and utter beauty.David Vann retells the story of fabled Medea. Anyone not knowing the myth should read it first (or at least google it) before reading this book and my ...

  • Rachel

    Bright Air Black is lyrical retelling of the story of Jason and Medea, drawing on elements from the Argonautica and Euripides' Medea to craft a tale that's at once unique and familiar. Book I of David...

  • Gill

    'Bright Air Black' by David Vann2 stars / 4 out of 10Some months ago I read Christa Wolf's excellent version of 'Medea', so I was interested in reading David Vann's re-working of the Medea myth.In thi...