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A comedy set in the second century AD, Votan is the story of a Greek nobleman who is travelling and living abroad in Germany while carrying on an affair with a military man's wife. To save his own life he takes an emergency business trip and packs with his belongings certain items that lead the townspeople he encounters to think him a Norse God, which he doesn't try to dis ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 1987 by Bantam Books (first published 1966)
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Nikki
I found Votan a really interesting read; I'm not entirely sure I liked it, but it was mesmerising anyway. There's something compulsive about it: I just needed to know what the heck Photinus did next, what trouble he got into and how he got out of it, and how that all works into the conceit that he's at the back of a whole lot of Norse mythology. Sometimes I felt I wasn't entirely sure what was going on -- that I'd missed a reference or something: there's a lot of playing around with the material ...more
Elke Woll
I feel cheated. I read the book because Neil Gaiman mentions it in "American Gods" and it is interesting with that perspective in mind. But I expected something entirely different after reading the blurb. Who wrote it? Did he/she ever READ the book?
I quote: "A comedy" - no, it's not. There are some humourous elements, some mockery, some jokes but not enough to call this a comedy.
"he [...] packs with his belongings certain items that lead the townspeople he encounters to think him a Norse God"
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Robin
Ah, a fine gemstone. In the long days before the fall of the Roman Empire, Votan describes a visceral world of dark forests, regional powers and the creation of Gods.

Any Gaiman fans should take note of this book.
Linus
I have a 1966 (and therefore no ISBN) hardcover edition with 232 pages.
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