The Fourth Kingdom
Translated by Beverly Allen

Among the most unusual narratives to emerge from Europe in recent years, Medusa: The Fourth Kingdom reexamines the myth of the petrifying Gorgon, offering a new perspective on feminity, passion, and self-creation.

The mythological figure of Medusa haunts the life of a young Italian woman, who becomes obsessed with a reticent, emotionally distant man. We hear the woman's account of their meetings, their lovemaking, her longing. We have another view of her story through a journal account written by one of her friends, who is, among other things, engaged in a study of the myth of Medusa. From diverse perspectives we see her path to independence and wholeness, a initiatory journey that requires courage and love.

A poetic and meticulously constructed story of a woman's quest for transformation, Medusa takes into account both ordinary and magical aspects of reality to create a contemporary psychological parable.

Marina Minghelli, historian and writer, is the author of the prize-winning book Santa Marina la travestita, a historical study of feminine symbology. She lives in Rome.

Beverly Allen's books include: Pier Paolo Pasolini:The Poetics of Heresy; The Defiant Muse: Italian Feminist Poetry; Rape Warfare: The Hidden Genocide in Bosnia-Herzogovina and Croatia; and Revisioning Italy: National Identity and Global Culture.

Title Medusa
Subtitle The Fourth Kingdom
Translated by Beverly Allen
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 May 1999
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 190 p.
ISBN-10 0872863530
ISBN-13 9780872863538
Publication Date 01 May 1999
Main content page count 190
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $10.95

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