A reimagining of Ovid's epic poem Metamorphoses, which contains over 250 Greek myths. Here we have 53 short stories (some very short), each of which gets a new twist or reinterpretation. Like so many of the novels on this list, Mason gets inside these ancient characters' heads, showing us the situations from their perspectives, and making them feel human to modern readers. The loosely connected tales highlight the original work’s theme of metamorphosis or transformation.
A brilliant and daring novel that reimagines Ovid’s Metamorphoses
In the tradition of his bestselling debut novel The Lost Books of the Odyssey, Zachary Mason’s Metamorphica transforms Ovid’s epic poem of endless transformation. It reimagines the stories of Narcissus, Pygmalion and Galatea, Midas and Atalanta, and strings them together like the stars in constellations—even Ovid becomes a story. It’s as though the ancient mythologies had been rewritten by Borges or Calvino; Metamorphica is an archipelago in which to linger for a while; it reflects a little light from the morning of the world.