The speaker is Daedalus, the cunning Greek artificer and labyrinth builder whose life and works are the core of this novel, which blends the real and the mythic worlds of ancient Greece in a stunning picutre of civilization. Ayrton's vivid portrait of the fabled master builder – a man filled with brilliant, baffled, cantankerous, and sexually ambivalent genius – reverberates with both a sense of reality, and a continuing relevance at a deeper level to all human aspirations, past and present.
Michael Ayrton (1921–1975) was an English artist and writer, known as a painter, printmaker and sculptor, and also as a critic, broadcaster and novelist. He was a stage and costume designer, working with John Minton on the 1942 John Gielgud production of Macbeth from age 19; and a book designer and illustrator, for Wyndham Lewis's The Human Age trilogy and William Golding. He also collaborated with Constant Lambert. His work is in several important collections including the Tate Gallery, London, National Portrait Gallery, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Fry Art Gallery, Essex.
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