The Bacchae (Tara Books)
by: Gita Wolf, Sirish Rao, Indrapramit Roy
Euripides' The Bacchae, retold by Gita Wolf and Sirish Rao, illustrated by Indrapramit Roy / ISBN 9788186211915 / A handmade silk-screened 28-page hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches, from Tara Books (India)
This contemporary retelling of Euripides’ The Bacchae — the last extant Greek tragedy — relates the classic myth of the god Dionysus with the playful yet dangerous lyricism of the original. Dionysus, son of Zeus and god of wine and dance, returns to his native city of Thebes. While the city’s women are enchanted by his powers, Pentheus, King of Thebes, is determined to end their revelry. But destiny wills otherwise, and a horrific nightmare unfolds. Exquisite illustrations heighten the aesthetic appeal of this beautiful handcrafted book.