Perhaps the solar eclipse excitement has come and gone for many of you, but this past week has certainly been the culmination of a lot of anticipation for a lot people so I wanted to stay in that theme for a little longer and commemorate this extraordinary event with a story bundle.
I couldn’t find any stories on the subject of an eclipse itself. However, all the way back to antiquity man has seen celestial events as signals from the gods, and often a death omen. That lead me to look up two pieces; one featuring the greek gods (who are the patrons of meting out of misery onto humankind), and a story about the dead affecting the living. There’s not a lot of coherence between these two stories as a pair but individually they’re excellent, and we have free some bonus material to offer as a companion to the these too. Let’s get to it!
The first is Ixion In Heaven by Benjamin Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield. Disraeli was a 19th century writer and twice prime minister of Britain, and the only PM of jewish birth. In Ixion in Heaven he retold the greek myth about Ixion, the king of Thessaly, and what happens to him when he takes his motto ‘Adventure is for the adventurous’ to the max and attempts to seduce the queen of the greek gods, Hera.
The second is The Dead Are Silent by Arthur Schnitzler, who was a 20th century Austrian playwright and author. The Dead Are Silent, one of Schnitzler’s, lesser known short stories is a piece about skeletons in the closet and guilt affect interpersonal relationships.
We’ve found some great companion content for these stories!
Ixion In Heaven by Benjamin Disraeli is featured as an audiobook on YouTube by Short Story Café.
And there’s also a short film made as a student project based on The Dead Are Silent by Arthur Schnitzler
Hope you enjoy!
These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
Ixion In Heaven by Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield.
The Dead Are Silent by Arthur Schnitzler.
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