"Grendel" by John Gardner
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The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, Grendel tells his own side of the story in this book that is frequently banned in the United States (yet a staple on college reading lists). This brilliant retelling of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf follows Grendel as he learns about how humans wage war. John Gardner, a medievalist, artfully seeds this postmodern novella with existential kernels of concern that include both the philosophical search for meaning amid a world of dubious good and the workings of language in a timeless tale whose power is redoubled by the echoes of intertextuality.
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(Photo: Grendel © M. Olival-Bartley)