Talking to Homer
A 6-day reading retreat led by Madeline Miller in Costa Navarino - Greece
26th of September to 1st of October 2019
Take a journey into the glorious past at a top luxury global destination.
Madeline Miller, multi-award-wining author of "Circe" and "Song of Achilles" will introduce you to her books and the magic of ancient mythology with captivating readings under the olive trees.
A prime seaside destination
in the Mediterranean
The Westin Resort Costa Navarino has been voted one of the best resorts in Greece and one of the foremost holiday destinations in Europe. It features an amazing selection of deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites in a private seaside location on a verdant hillside that affords an alluring mix of golf, sea and pool views.
Get to know a land truly blessed by the Gods. A pristine coastline stretching for kilometres. Secluded bays, sandy beaches, crystalline lagoons, hidden waterfalls and deep gorges. Sweeping vistas and stunning panoramas. Lush olive groves and vineyards. Plus a dazzling array of ﬂora and fauna, a total of seven areas designated EU Natura sites.
Messinia’s cultural past reveals a rich tapestry of kings and queens, honor and tradition, war and friendship. Costa Navarino provides the ideal base from which to discover a fascinating history that goes back 4,500 years. Neolithic settlements, Mycenaean palaces, Classical temples, Byzantine churches and medieval castles are all within easy reach, both in Messinia as well as in the broader area of the Peloponnese.
Meet the author
Madeline Miller’s ﬁrst novel, The Song of Achilles, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant #1 New York Times best seller, won the Book of the Month Club's Best Book of the Year award, and was chosen as the best Fantasy book of 2018 by Goodreads. Before she was a novelist, Madeline Miller earned her BA and MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for more than ﬁfteen years. Her novels have been translated into over twenty-ﬁve languages, and her essays have appeared in the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly and on npr.org.
A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey.The New York Times
The New York Times
The world of Circe
Circe tells the story of the daughter of the Titan sun god Helios, and Perse, one of the three thousand Oceanid nymphs. “When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist,” Circe begins. Dismissed by her family and treated harshly for her unattractiveness next to the more beautiful and strong Titans, she builds the iron character that will later become the powerful witch Circe, her isolation leading to her exile in the island of Aiaia, where she will encounter among others, Odysseus and his crew. Utterly gripping, this is the rich, imaginative narrative of the emotional life of a woman, who for centuries has been the embodiment of emasculation.
Madeline Miller has successfully turned Circe’s story to an epic tale of courage and female empowerment with major contempo-rary relevance.