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David Bowles

When: Tue., July 17, 7 p.m. 2018

In last year's Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman shaped varied North-Germanic myths into a unified narrative that was more about storytelling panache than academic insight. I love books like this (see also Robert Crumb's straight, therefore utterly surreal, retelling of the biblical book of Genesis), which try to see myths for what they are rather than what underlies them. David Bowles adds a delightful treasure to the trove with Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: The Origin Myths of Mexico, a modern retelling of Mexico's creation myths that attempts to bind the fragments into a line. From the beginning of the world as a god's dream to the fateful arrival of fair-haired strangers from the sea, Bowles weaves a dazzling tapestry of the pre-Colombian Mesoamerican cosmos. "Despite the darkness that pervades most of the tales, Bowles's dense yet lyrical prose raises the narrative to a level suited to high mythological tradition and illuminates the foundations on which contemporary Mexican culture is laid," says Kirkus Reviews. —Brian Howe

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