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In the Hogarth Shakespeare series, renowned current writers retell Shakespeare's plays in novel form. Heterick holds all of the novels released thus far. For more information, visit the series' official website through the link below.
In Jeanette Winterson's cover version of "The Winter's Tale," we move from a London reeling after the 2008 financial crisis to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia, in a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.
In this interpretation of "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism, and revenge.
In this version of "The Taming of the Shrew," Kate Battista feels stuck. She's keeping house for her father and sister, and while her pre-school students adore her, their parents don't. Meanwhile, Dr. Battista is on the verge of a major breakthrough, but his lab assistant Pyotr is about to be deported. Dr. Battista's plan to enable Pyotr to stay in the country relies - as usual - on Kate's help. Kate is furious: he's asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touching, ludicrous campaign to bring her around?
Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a "Tempest" like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda--and brewing revenge.
Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo's "Macbeth" centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary. Hecate, one of the two ruling drug lords, is a master of manipulation who has a plan that will turn things his way. Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating the head of SWAT, who is already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies: Inspector Macbeth.
Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of this retelling of "Othello," the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again.
This take on "King Lear" centers on Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global media corporation. In his dotage Henry hands his corporation to his eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but relations soon sour. Imprisoned in a rural sanatorium with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar finally manages to escape. As he flees, his family is hot on his heels. But who will find him first--his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate?