The Birth of the World as We Know It

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ISBN 978-0-8101-5061-4
Publication Date
February 2012
Page Count
192 pages
Trim Size
5 x 8

The Birth of the World as We Know It

Or Teiresias
Meredith Steinbach

In her fourth book of fiction, award-winning American novelist Meredith Steinbach reimagines the life of the Greek seer Teiresias. Having outlived everyone he ever knew, the seer looks back at the most significant episodes in his life--a visit to the Delphic oracle, mediating arguments between Hera and Zeus, his experiences as both man and woman--as he confronts the traveler Odysseus in the Underworld. Narrated from shifting points of view with tremendous psychological acuity, Steinbach's novel intertwines time, event, and narrative.

About the Author

Meredith Steinbach is the author of novels and collections of fiction: Zara, Here Lies The Water, The Birth of the World as We Know It; or, Teiresias, Reliable Light, and The Charmed Life of Flowers; one play: In the Realm of Which There is No Sign; and a number of works in progress. Prizes and honors have included an O. Henry Award for the Short Story; Bunting Fellowship at Harvard-Radcliffe; 100 Distinguished Stories, Best American Short Stories; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; Pushcart Prize for the Short Story, a grant from the Thomas J. Watson Institute for research in France and Greece; Rhode Island State Artist's Grants, and others. Meredith Steinbach lives with her family in a sea captain's cottage on the Rhode Island coast and is Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University.

"The source of the considerable strength of "Teiresias" resides not only in the vividness with which Steinbach imagines each event of her narrator's life, but in her willingness to let those episodes collect and cumulatively resonate in her reader's imagination." --Chicago Tribune
"Steinbach's lyric imagination denies nothing to her wit. In this she is like Joyce, mingling an ironic undertone with sensuous descriptions of vintage cosmetics, sexual sporting, war, and grief." --Boston Review