Novelist Madeline Miller sees Homer's Odyssey through Circe's eyes

Author Madeline Miller's deep fascination with the sorceress Circe has led to the character becoming the lead in her book

Madeline Miller took about seven years to write Circe, her sophomore take on Homer.
Madeline Miller took about seven years to write Circe, her sophomore take on Homer.PHOTOS: NINA SUBIN, BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
Madeline Miller took about seven years to write Circe, her sophomore take on Homer.
Madeline Miller took about seven years to write Circe, her sophomore take on Homer.PHOTOS: NINA SUBIN, BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING

In the #MeToo era, what more appropriate heroine than a woman who can literally turn men into pigs?

When it came to her second novel, American author Madeline Miller knew who her narrator would be: Circe, arguably the first witch in Western literature.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2018, with the headline 'Falling under a witch's spell'. Subscribe