God of Impertinence by Sten Nadolny

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Freed after two thousand years of captivity, the god Hermes taps people's minds to study contemporary society, and he battles Hephaestus, the degenerate technology god. By the author of The Discovery of Slowness. "

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Novelist Sten Nadolny was born in Berlin, Germany, on July 29, 1942. He has been a teacher and TV movie production manager. His novel, The Discovery of Slowness, won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize of Kagenfurt. Breon Mitchell is Professor of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Indiana University, where he is also Director of the Lilly Library. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Oxford University. His areas of specialization include literary translation, Anglo-German literary relations, literature and the visual arts, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett.
Published July 1, 1997 by Viking Adult. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It turns out that Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, has seized control of Olympus, and, being both a control freak and an inveterate tinkerer, has suppressed the other gods, muffling their joyous abandon, and spent the past two millennia prodding mankind toward technology, logic, the embrace of...

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Nadolny (The Discovery of Slowness) embellishes on the myths of classic Greek gods who appear anachronistic in a modern world where ""the gap between rich and poor [is] greater than ever, vulgarity and selfishness [are] practically religious dogma, and the death wish [has] reached epidemic propor...

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