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Als Frau des Argonauten Jason lebt Medea in Korinth, wohin sie ihm aus ihrer Heimat Kolchis gefolgt ist. Im königlichen Palast Korinths gerät sie in ein Spiel aus Verleumdungen, Intrigen und Lügen. Der Kampf um die Macht steht im Mittelpunkt, und Medea soll als Sündenbock geopfert werden. Die Medea der griechischen Tragödie, die Barbarin, Giftmischerin, die rachsüchtige ...more
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Amalia Gavea
’I am Medea, the sorceress, if you all will have it so. The wild woman, the foreigner. You shall not belittle me.’’

I’ve always declared-to the dismay of many- that if I ever had a daughter, I would name her Medea. My fascination with this larger-than-life woman has been undiminished ever since I started learning about the ancient, endless, eternal myths of my country from a relatively young age. Call me ‘’weird’’ but dark, controversial figures have accompanied me for the most part of my
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Lisa
The political human being as a narcissistic monster who projects its crimes on the victim!

What a scary, scary tale. And how bizarre that I thought it was milder than Euripides and Seneca the first time I read it, a long time ago. It is brutally wild!

After her experience of the breakdown of East Germany, Christa Wolf wrote this novel retelling of the ancient myth of Medea in the early 1990s, after some years of depression and silence due to the shock of the loss of her country and the
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Rachel
About a year ago I read and loved David Vann's take on the Medea myth, Bright Air Black. It follows the original story very closely and offers few surprises in terms of plot for those already familiar with the tale, but it endeavors and succeeds in giving Medea a narrative voice, allowing her to tell her own story. Christa Wolf's Medea, published 20 years earlier than Bright Air Black, is another feminist victory for this narrative, but interestingly, Wolf's and Vann's interpretations of Medea's ...more
Gattalucy
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: attuali
Come ti smonto un mito...

Quindici talenti d'argento sarebbero stati versati ad Euripide, il grande drammaturgo greco, per ripulire, con una disinvolta cosmesi, la coscienza e la reputazione dei Corinzi, e dei suoi uomini al potere. Non potevano far sapere che ad uccidere i figli di Medea erano stati loro, c'era da inaugurare l'Expò, pardon, i grandi Giochi della città. Serviva un capro espiatorio, comunque una notizia per sviare le chiacchiere, gli scandali, i processi in atto. E Medea, con
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pax
There is a part of me which is Medea. There is a part of me which is Kassandra. Each of these parts hurts terribly. They force me to walk towards the abyss, step by step. They force me to raise my voice when it would be best - for me - to stay quiet.

Oooh, they are not always strong. But they are there.

There have been better reviews of the book that I will ever be able to write. So - just go and read. It's frighteningly easy to turn the pages. The text flows and you know where it goes, oh you
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Sauerkirsche
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christa Wolf erzählt die Sage der Medea in einer anderen Fassung als die ursprüngliche griechische Mythologie. Die Sprache ist bedrückend, düster, ich habe schon lange keinen Schreibstil mehr gelesen, der mich so gefesselt und derart viel zwischen den Zeilen transportiert hat.
Zum einen wird dargestellt wie eine stolze, gerechte Frau nicht in das Bild der Menschen passt und wie sich die männliche Herrschaft allein nur durch ihre Anwesenheit bedroht fühlt. Ein anderes Thema das behandelt wird, ist
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Simona
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho letto questo libro assaporando parola per parola e, a lettura ultimata, mi rammarico di non aver conosciuto" prima questa scrittrice, perché mi ha dato e regalato moltissimo.
Christa Wolf ribalta la "Medea" di Euripide, la madre che ha ucciso i propri figli raccontandoci la sua "Medea", una donna determinata, saggia, depositaria di un segreto sottoposto nel suolo di Corinto per il quale venderà cara la pelle.
Questo romanzo, che forse è riduttivo definire in questo modo, è un tuffo nella
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Simona Bartolotta
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-italian, 1900
"Sai cosa cercano Medea? Cercano una donna che dica loro che non hanno colpe; che sono gli dei, oggetto casuale di adorazione, a trascinarli nelle loro imprese. Che la scia di sangue che si lasciano dietro fa parte della mascolinità così come gli dei l’hanno determinata. Grandi bambini terribili Medea. [...] Ma nessuno di loro sopporta la disperazione, hanno addestrato noi a disperarci, qualcuno, o qualcuna, deve pur portare il lutto. Se la terra fosse riempita solo dal rumore del macello e
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Aubrey
Do we let ourselves go back to the ancients, or do they catch up with us? No matter.
A great deal of fan fiction is written to the tune of reacting to earlier material bloated with populist credibility with "What the fuck is this shit." Sometimes it'll be the politer shade of Shakespeare smoothing out and filling in the gaps of his stolen histories with nary a trace of his authorial human self. Other times an I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem will rise out of the words of a Maryse Condé and run
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Daisy
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quality Rating: Three Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Three Stars

I've wanted to read Medea ever since I discovered Cassandra - another ancient Greek myth retelling by Christa Wolf. I can't tell you how much I fell in love with that book and so, to be fair, Medea was always going to have a hard time competing. In the end, it didn't even touch Cassandra in terms of excellence, but I think there were several circumstantial things that contributed to that aside from the story.

The first of which is that I'm
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Vanessa
I really don't feel like I have the words to do this justice, but it's undoubtedly one of the best books I ever read. It's like a huge portrayal of the dynamics of human nature and society, the clash of different cultures, intrigues, oppression and power, and in the middle of it this headstrong, independent woman with her modern views and the way she questions everything - and by that, threatens to bring the entire corrupt system down, which is the cause of her downfall in the end. She's the ...more
Terence
Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythologies
It’s odd how, at times, my readings appear to converge or echo each other quite unconsciously. From two entirely different directions I determined to reread my collection of Emma Goldman’s writings and Christa Wolf’s Medea. And yet I found striking parallels between Goldman and Medea. Both women flee their homelands (Tsarist Russia and Colchis, respectively) when young, disillusioned with their countries. Both travel to an idealized land that promises a better life (America, ancient Greece). And ...more
Sakura87
Avevo scritto, tempo fa (http://www.lastambergadeilettori.com/...), del fenomeno della riscrittura, una forma di manipolazione testuale che può assumere molti aspetti e che gli studi femministi - tra gli altri - hanno utilizzato sovversivamente per sfidare il canone occidentale che a lungo ha trascurato o inibito la letteratura femminile.
Uno dei tipici modus operandi della riscrittura femminista è il recupero di personaggi femminili storici, mitologici o letterari per dar loro nuova voce e nuova
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Dajana
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zanimljiva i neobična zamisao da se romaneskna građa pretvori u niz monologa različitih likova iz Euripidove "Medeje" i da se drugačije interpretira njena sudbina.
Nije pet zvezdica zato što je kraj bio očigledan sve vreme, i previše su crno-beli likovi - Medeja i krug oko nje su dobri, ostali su zli.
Preporučujem svima koji vole priču o Medeji i koje zanimaju romani koji se bave položajem žena u dominantno muškom društvu. :)
Casey
May 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adults
I always kind of felt for Medea. Yes, I know, she killed her kids and all that, but damn it, she gave up everything for that cheating bastard, Jason. This is great--it's more politics than passion, and Medea is not just an independent woman, she's an independent woman who knows more than Creon wants her to know. The resulting story is very compelling.
Eℓℓis ♥
Christa Wolf ritorna a parlarci di mitologia greca.
Dopo il lavoro magistrale della Cassandra è il turno di un altro personaggio femminile: Medea.
In questo romanzo corale la scrittrice ci dà l'opportunità di rivalutare la figura di questa donna, la cui fama è stata infangata dai vari e crudeli racconti che ci sono stati tramandati; in particolare la tragedia di Euripide nella quale viene dipinta come un'assassina senza scrupoli, che senza alcuna remora prima uccide il fratello e poi i suoi
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Lily
Whoever uses his hands dips them in blood, whether he wants to or not.

I do not want to have blood on my hands.


How many bloody, peaceless bones are propping up the tidy walls of civilization?

It's a question that many of us would rather not think about, but for some people - some brave, dangerous, unlucky people - it's the only thing they can think about. Christa Wolf's Medea is one such person. Wolf reimagines one of literature's most sinister women in a way that leads to a familiar
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Sara Mazzoni
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Christa Wolf riscrive il mito di Medea in opposizione alla tragedia di Euripide, che sembra aver modificato il mito originale per glorificare l’immagine della Grecia civile e razionale a discapito dell’antico mondo di Colchide, e della figura femminile di Medea (la questione è approfondita nella raccolta di saggi L’altra Medea, sempre firmata da Christa Wolf per e/o). La Medea di Wolf non è un’infanticida, e ha accettato l’abbandono di Giasone. Medea è semmai quello che si dice un personaggio ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sakura87
Medea. Voci si basa sulla reale (o presunta tale) scoperta che Euripide avrebbe percepito quindici talenti d'argento per riscattare la memoria di Corinto, attribuendo a Medea il brutale omicidio dei suoi bambini. Secondo tale versione ripresa da Christa Wolf, e attestata - sembra - in Apollonio Rodio, Medea sarebbe stata piuttosto il capro espiatorio di una città abbarbicata ai suoi segreti e ai suoi usi reazionari e maschilisti.

Continua su:
http://www.lastambergadeilettori.com/...
Steffi
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weder Wolfs Erzählton, der mich in der Vergangenheit oft störte, noch der antike Stoff, haben sich beim Lesen als störend oder schwierig erwiesen. Gut und flüssig erzählte Geschichte über Machtverhältnisse, das Verhältnis von Männern und Frauen, den Umgang mit Fremden und abweichenden Positionen und damit sehr aktuell. Aber auch einige Sätze, bei denen zu vermuten ist, dass Christa Wolf, das Verhältnis von ehemaliger DDR und BRD kommentierte. Lesenswert!
Kara Kilgore
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most beautifully written books that I've read in the last four years. I'm high-lighting like crazy because there are so many great quotes, and I don't want to miss a thing.
paula.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
i basicaly hated everyone (especially jason in the last chapters)
the plot was very confusing due to the structure of this book
the writing style is not good. it's not a good style if your sentences are longer than half of the page.
i despise this book even if i did enjoy a few passages.
mery jokhadze
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
არაჩვეულებრივი წიგნია,ჩვენს კოლხ მედეაზე.მადლობა კრისტა ვულფს,რომ ეს ისტორია სხვა კუთხით გადმოგვცა.
Guenda Ferri
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Medea: voci” va oltre il libro, va oltre le parole, si amplifica in suoni. È come se le voci fossero reali, come se leggendole si concretizzassero. Leggendo, non mi sono solo immaginata le immagini di ciò che accadeva, come faccio di solito, perché ben presto ho capito che non era sulle immagini che questo libro si basava. Come dice il titolo, si basa sulle voci. Immaginiamoci perciò una stanza buia. Completamente buia. Solo nero a riempire le pupille. E, a una a una, emergono le voci. Bassa e ...more
Andrew
The story of Medea was one of those old legends, something that has infiltrated every context of our culture. Modern America might only know the name from the Tyler Perry character, but the notion of the dark, chthonic female, the mother rabbit who devours her litter in a pique, is so sublimated that, once you become aware of it, you begin to see it everywhere.

Christa Wolf takes the legend, and turns it on its head. And no, not in some godawful "Wicked" type way, but in this totally weird,
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Tina Ghviniashvili
კრისტა ვოლფის "მედეა" არის სულისშემძვრელად კარგი ნაწარმოები. აბსოლუტურად განსხვავებული ევრიპიდეს, სენეკას თუ პაზოლინის მედეასგან.
ვოლფის რომანში სრულიად სხვაგვარად არის აგებული მედეასა და იასონის სახეები. სიუჟეტიც განსხვავებულია. ისეთი საინტერესო ხასიათითაა მედეა ამ რომანში და ისეთი მძაფრია მისი მონოლოგები, სული გეხუთება კითხვისას.
ცალკე ამბავია, თითოეული თავის წინ წამძღვარებული ეპიგრაფები. ისეთი ბასრია და მკვლელი, გაგიჟება შეიძლება.
მიუხედავად იმისა, რომ ათასგვარი ვერსია თუ ლიტერატურული ტექსტი
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Hesper
Edgelord Christa Wolf turns Medea into Hecuba for the sake of Message.
Yağmur
What do they say? That I, Medea, murdered my children. I, Medea, wanted to revenge myself on Jason.
Who's going to believe that, I ask.
Everybody, she says.
Gill
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
An excellent book. Fascinating, thought provoking and moving. Just what I'd expect from Christa Wolf.

The edition I read had an introduction by Margaret Atwood. I wonder what influence this book had on her writing of The Penelopiad.

Available on Openlibrary.
Giuseppe
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seconda lettura, molto più apprezzata della prima.

Christa Wolf porta in scena una Medea che non si era mai vista, una Medea fiera, sicura di sé, attenta agli altri, alla verità. Non una Medea assassina né tantomeno infanticida.

Il libro è davvero ricchissimo di spunti: la figura della donna, il tema dello straniero, della possibilità (o impossibilità) di integrazione tra due culture profondamente diverse.
Mia Dall
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alle vores myter skulle genfortælles på så kompliceret, intelligent og respektfuld vis. Så kunne det være kvinden fik et bedre ry. Adam & Eva, anyone?
Lotti
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelezen-in-2014
In 2009 heb ik de voortreffelijke ensceneringen van Medea van zowel het Nationaal Toneel als ook van het NNT in het theater gezien. Daarna - in het kader van het Holland Festival - de choreografische bewerking van de opera Medea van Dusapin. Die laatste voorstelling kon me minder bekoren.
Het integreert me hoe het verhaal van Medea steeds op een andere manier vorm gegeven wordt. Christa Wolf bekijkt het verhaal weer van een heel andere kant. Ze laat het verhaal door verschillende mensen vertellen
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Alex
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible retelling of a tragic myth. Christa Wolf’s prose are lavish, penetrating, and illuminating. I loved the multiple points of view throughout, the way each character’s thoughts seemed to dance from one observation, action, or feeling to the next, and how dense the narrative felt despite the book only being 186 pages. In short, this is masterclass literature.

I read this book for the first time over a decade ago for an MA class on myth. I breezed through it then and I remember enjoying
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Baylee
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il mito di Medea è sempre stato uno dei miei preferiti fin da prima del liceo. Questa donna così forte, così ribelle, così anticonvenzionale suscita un innegabile fascino su un'adolescente. Quindi non ho potuto resistere a leggermi la riscrittura del mito da un punto di vista femminile, dal punto di vista di una cultura matriarcale, come quella da dove Medea proveniva - la Colchide.

E allora vediamo subito, con l'autrice, che in una cultura matriarcale era impossibile che Medea avesse ucciso
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Yasmeen
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Perhaps it is a merciful stroke of fate that a feeling of elation comes over us when we're standing at the end of the abyss"

For a while as I read this novel, I was mildly frustrated (happily flowing through the writing, yes, but also frustrated). Sure, the Medea in this version isn't unrealistically flawless (she's pretty awesome, flaws and all)-- but I couldn't shake the feeling that she's just too good, too likeable for a retelling of such a twisted story. Surely a character accused of
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Rebeca F.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This is so intense, powerful, heartbreaking and frightening, while remaining breathtakingly beautiful, as I've come to expect of Wolf, and she never disappoints.
It's a retelling of the story of Medea, that portrays her as the victim of political intrigue on one hand and the ignorance and malleability of the mob, always ready to believe whatever they're told if it suits their thirst of blood, manages to placate their fear and serves to relieve them of any responsibility for their acts and
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Charles
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Anscheinend zählt dieses Werk zur Pflichtlektüre an einigen Schulen, und das verwundert kaum, denn dank der meisterhaft eingesetzten Erzählperspektiven und der sprachlichen Transformation gibt es keinen Mangel an Interpretationsmöglichkeiten.

Es erfordert eine Menge Fingerspitzengefühl, eine Sage aus der Antike neu aufzutischen (was mit Medea ja immer wieder gemacht wurde) und dabei den Leser mit modernen Sprachmitteln so zu bedienen, dass er sich in einen zeitgenössischen Roman versetzt glaubt.
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Jordan
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Near the end, a bunch of women chop of a man's cock and parade around with it on a stick, which conveniently sums up a lot of my feelings towards this book.
Colliding Worlds
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eine beeindruckende Bearbeitung des Medea-Stoffes, fesselnd und erzählerisch meisterhaft gestaltet.
ece
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ah, Jason, she said. Am I supposed to provide you with a clear conscience?"
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Bewertung insgesamt: ***

Genre: Roman
Erschienen am: Januar 1998
Verlag: dtv
Seiten: 217 Seiten
Format: Taschenbuch/Softcover
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Als Frau des Argonauten Jason lebt Medea in Korinth, wohin sie ihm aus ihrer Heimat Kolchis gefolgt ist. Im königlichen Palast Korinths gerät sie in ein Spiel aus Verleumdungen, Intrigen und Lügen. Der Kampf um die Macht steht im Mittelpunkt, und Medea soll als Sündenbock geopfert
...more
filecc
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" . . "
"Deh, mai varcate non avesse a volo le Simplgadi azzurre il legno dArgo, verso il suolo dei Colchi, e mai non fosse nei valloni del Pelio il pin caduto sotto la scure, e al remo non si fossero strette le mani degli eroi gagliardi, che, per merc di Pelia, a cercar vennero il vello doro! Navigato allora non avrebbe Meda, la mia signora, alle torri di Iolco, in cuor percossa dallamor di Giasone;"
Con la rievocazione e la maledizione di un viaggio quasi
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Beka
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Solomon.Grundy
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: schule
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Medea ist durchaus fesselnd, Christa Wolf beherrscht ihr Handwerk und ihr gelingt es mithilfe ihrer ausgeklügelten Konstruktion ein vielschichtiges Bild auf 'ihre' Medea zu werfen.
Warum trotzdem nur 'okay'?
Ich bin sehr empfänglich für die 'starke Heilerin'-Romantik, die Christa Wolf - bewusst oder unbewusst - aufkommen lässt. Gleichzeitig ärgere ich mich jedes Mal über mich selbst, wenn ich mich dabei erwische, weil Medea so eine Idealfigur ist und ich ideale Charaktere
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Novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, journalist, and film dramatist Christa Wolf was a citizen of East Germany and a committed socialist, and managed to keep a critical distance from the communist regime. Her best-known novels included “Der geteilte Himmel” (“Divided Heaven,” 1963), addressing the divisions of Germany, and “Kassandra” (“Cassandra,” 1983), which depicted the Trojan War.

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“Einmal, Mutter, in einer anderen Zeit, habe ich mit meinen beiden Händen zum Abschied deinen Kopf umspannt, seine Form ist als Abdruck in meinen Handflächen geblieben, auch Hände haben ein Gedächtnis.” 3 likes
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