Lucid, compelling, enlightening
“Marcolongo is today’s Montaigne.”—André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name
“Shows how languages gives us new ways of seeing and understanding the world."—The Guardian
“Marcolongo uses the secrets of the Ancient Greek language to illuminate a new way of perceiving the world.”—Refinery29
From the international bestselling author of The Ingenious Language, a fascinating portrait of antiquity's most misunderstood, complex, and surprisingly modern hero.
In times of peace and prosperity, it's natural to turn to Homer to learn about life's joys and passions; to experience the thrill and terror of war; to look for adventure in distant lands. But what about when things go wrong? What do we do when we find ourselves at the centre of one of the great upheavals of history? Then, writes Andrea Marcolongo, it's time to set the Iliad and the Odyssey aside, and call upon Aeneas.
In her fresh, nuanced portrayal, Aeneas emerges as a multiform, deeply human hero, one who feels close to us in his vulnerability and capacity for empathy. His journey from the ruins of Troy to the shores of Italy holds many lessons for our present—chief among them that, even when all seems lost, through resilience and hope we can usher a new beginning.
Andrea Marcolongo is an Italian journalist, writers, Classics scholar, and former speech writer for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The Ingenious Language was a bestseller in Italy and in many of the other dozen countries in which it has thus far been published. She is also the author of The Heroic Measure.