OE is a graphic poetic retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice by Tom de Freston and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, published by Bloomsbury. It is part of a wider multimedia retelling.
“Amazing. This radical, romantic, questing hybrid reinvention of Orpheus and Eurydice is really special…I love it.”
Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers
“There is a radical honesty about this book, one which grabs you where it hurts and pulls you in. It’s like eavesdropping on your own repressions, and just as thrilling, disturbing and compulsive. It’s also like slipping into the space between-the space between self and self; self and other; self and death; self and history; self and poverty; self and woeful, serious, inconsolable responsibility; self and atavistic, inescapable myth. That space between is where we live, if we live anywhere, and yet it is really seen or named. It is especially rarely seen or named in present-day culture and publishing, where everything is secured in advance by a marketable career, recognised expertise, established precedent. Between author and author, word and image, criticism and creativity, this book stakes out a different territory, one which corresponds with the state of tremulous and passionate mortality in which we are both most profoundly together and most tragically bereft. Amen, perhaps, is an appropriate response.” – Professor Ewan Fernie, The Shakespeare Institute
“Orpheus and Eurydice is not just a reworking of a myth but a machine of its own, firing in its wires fragments of polyphony. Ground-breaking in its creativity and the fertility of its imagination, it resists easy definitions of classification, and yet, its vulnerability and intimacy also makes it wholly accessible. I have little doubt that it’ll be the work against which future hybrid and collaborative endeavours are measured.” – Claire Trévien, founder of Sabotage Reviews, award-winning poet, author, and academic
“Exhilarating, visionary and genre-defying. A free-wheeling but ingeniously focused reimagining of Orpheus and Eurydice which renovates our expectations of the essay, art object, lyric, notebook, poetic sequence and everything in between with equal grace and accomplishment. This book somehow manages to be urgent essential reading and a treasury you’ll return to for years to come” – Luke Kennard, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Birmingham
“Visually creative, academically informed, and imaginatively conceived, the riveting interplay of prose and poetry, at once witty and poignant, recasts Orpheus and Eurydice – illuminatingly, but darkly – as the archetypal ciphers O and E.” – Leon Burnett, Founding Director of the Centre of Myth Studies
“Neither poetry alone nor prose, neither academic writing (alone) nor fiction, and definitely not word without image, Orpheus and Eurydice is the passion of her absence. Do not ‘enjoy’ this book, feel it. The graphic novel is fast becoming the most poetic and provocative genre of our times and this volume is an exquisite example.” – Angie Voela, University of East London
“A beautiful discourse on modern marriage with images and texts of psychological inter-penetration and comic dissonance.” – Lydia Goehr, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA
“This is a highly original and creative response to an ancient myth. Tom de Freston’s artwork is vivid, shocking and expressive, beautifully enhanced by Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s moving poetic narrative.” – Abigail Rokison-Woodall, Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre, The Shakespeare Institute.
“Tom de Freston and Kiran Milwood Hargrave’s ingenious volume expands and revitalises the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice for new audiences, giving fresh life to themes of obsession, pain and loss as they invent compelling dialogues between character, text and thought.” – James Walters, Head of Film and Creative Writing, University of Birmingham.