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by Winterson, Jeanette.

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TitleWeight : the myth of Atlas and Heracles
Author / Responsible partyWinterson, Jeanette.
GenreFantasy fiction.
TopicsFantasy fiction. Atlas -- (Greek deity) -- Fiction. Mythology, Greek -- Fiction. Heracles -- (Greek mythological character) -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


In ancient Greek mythology Atlas, a member of the original race of gods called Titans, leads a rebellion against the new deities, the Olympians. For this he incurs divine wrath: the victorious Olympians force Atlas, guardian of the Garden of Hesperides and its golden apples of life, to bear the weight of the earth and the heavens for eternity. When the hero Heracles, as one of his famous twelve labors, is tasked with stealing these apples he seeks out Atlas, offering to shoulder the world temporarily if the Titan will bring him the fruit. Knowing that Heracles is the only person with the strength to take his burden, and enticed by the prospect of even a short-lived freedom, Atlas agrees and an uneasy partnership is born. With her typical wit and verve, Jeanette Winterson brings Atlas into the twenty-first century. Simultaneously, she asks her own difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, and how we forge our own destiny.

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System control numberS13892
Original Print PublisherEdinburgh ; New York : Canongate, 2005.
NarratorDick Hill, Susie Breck.
Narrator NameDick Hill, Susie Breck.
Participant or performer noteDick Hill, Susie Breck.
Narrators GenderMale & Female narrators