Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy, is endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed. After ten years of terrible war, Troy has fallen to the Greek army, and Cassandra is w a prisoner of war, shackled outside the gates of a foreign fortress, Agamemn's Mycenae. Through memories of her childhood and reflections on the long years of conflict, Cassandra pieces together the fall of her city.From a woman living in an age of heroes, here is the untold personal story overshadowed by the battlefield triumphs of Achilles and Hector. This stunning reimagining of the Trojan War is a rich and vivid portrayal of the great tragedy that continues to echo throughout history.
Christa Wolf (1929-2011) was one of the most celebrated German writers of the twentieth century. Wolf was a central figure in East German literature and politics, and the author of many books, including the novels The Quest for Christa T. and Patterns of Childhood, as well as short stories, essays and film scripts. In 1980 she travelled to Greece accompanied by her husband, Gerhard, and was inspired to write four essays entitled Cassandra: Conditions of a Narrative, along with the novel Cassandra.