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on 31 August 1999
If you have ever visited Greece or Italy, you know that, in spite of their modern veneers, the ancient past often still lies very close to the surface, if you have just a little bit of imagination (at one point Perse even warns: "here the old times not dead"). The old gods never truly disappeared, and you can still imagine Ulysses' ships on the horizon. Here Ms. Galloway has written a brilliant psychological thriller set in modern-day Greece on a remote island clinic run by two Greek doctors obsessed with dreams and snakes ... could these two women really be the immortal Gorgons? By the way, the idea of Medusa as a tragic heroine is completely consistent with the Greek mythology. A highly recommended companion to this book is Bernard Evslin's "Medusa", which has dazzling artwork and also tells of Medusa's life story. A highly interesting femininist slant also pervades this book, asking us to question whether Perseus and the other macho Greek heroes were really as "heroic" as they seem. You can decide for yourself whether Dusa is simply had a fantastic hallucination or whether she really did encounter powerful beings from another age.
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