Günter Grass’s The Flounder (1977)

Günter Grass’s The Flounder (1977)

Grass’s unconventional picnic in The Flounder (1977) is among the worst. Not only does Grass mock the accepted idea of a picnic but, in doing so, turns Greek mythology topsy-turvy. It’s an episode in which the key figure is Sybille, aka Billie, a name that is a...
Thomas Hart Benton’s Persephone (1938)

Thomas Hart Benton’s Persephone (1938)

The myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, aka Pluto, is linked with sexual predation and seasonal change. As Hesiod tells the story in Theogony, Persephone is gathering asphodels with Oceanus’s daughters when she is abducted and taken to Hades, where she...