The Leto Bundle by Marina Warner

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A sensual, compelling new novel inspired by dramatic chronicles, contemporary events, and the tragic figure of a woman-goddess in permanent exile

Room XIX of the Museum of Albion doesn't usually have many visitors. But when a huge crowd of dispossessed immigrants and homeless gather to see a mummy that has recently been moved, political pressure mounts, and the curator must reveal the mystery behind the locked door. To the passionate young man who has adopted the mummy as a figurehead, the curator explains that the once secret exhibit is a bundle of rare objects and intriguing documents that tell of the wanderings of an unknown woman named Leto. Marina Warner's magical new novel weaves together the story of this ancient goddess and eternal refugee with the drama of the curator, her new friend, and the people whose lives will be transformed by The Leto Bundle.

As Leto moves westward across the map from her first home, she slips through time, reappearing in different guises and ever on the run. She gives birth to twins during a far-off era of civil strife, shelters with wolves, stows away on a ship, works as a chambermaid in a war-torn city, and, in a bombing attack, saves her daughter but loses her son. The novel sweeps from mythological times to the Middle Ages, to Victorian Europe, and then to the present day, when Leto reappears, still searching, of course, for her long-lost son.

The Leto Bundle retells the story of the eternal refugee in a magical modern novel of huge scope and imaginative force.
 

About Marina Warner

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Marina Warner is Professor of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex and a distinguished writer of fiction, criticism, and history.Author's Home: London, UK
 
Published January 1, 2001 by CHATTO AND WINDUS. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Leto’s plight attracts the contrasting interests of mousy museum-curator Hortense Fernly (entrusted with the “bundle” of manuscripts and art objects discovered in what seemed to be Leto’s sarcophagus) and schoolteacher Kim McQuoy, a firebrand activist working on behalf of homeless people whenever...

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Where's she gone?' 'To Shiloh, it says.' 'She shouldn't be travelling all over the place like that.' Two women sitting on the floor in bird of paradise silks now added lamentation to the protest: 'I want her back.' 'To make puja to her.' 'To bury her properly.' 'Yes, to make a shrine to he...

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The Leto Bundle Marina Warner Chatto & Windus £16.99, pp407 Buy it at a discount at BOL Who is Marina Warner's ideal reader?

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The Leto Bundle Marina Warner 408pp, Chatto & Windus, £16.99 The swarm of ideas that encircles Marina Warner's dense, allusive novel is not new to her, and neither will it be new to her more attentive readers.

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