THE DESCENT OF THE LYRE

WILL BUCKINGHAM

Published by ROMAN

A marvellous remaking of the tale of Orpheus

It is the early nineteenth century, and the Bulgarian village of Gela, the legendary home of Orpheus, is suffering under the heavy taxation and arbitrary justice of Ottoman rule. When his bride-to-be is abducted the night before his wedding, Ivan Gelski takes to the hills and turns to banditry to seek revenge. But a chance encounter with a travelling guitarist, and the bloodshed that follows, set him on a musical journey through fame, martyrdom and legend. In this remarkable reinvention of the tale of Orpheus, Will Buckingham plunges us into the music and folklore of Bulgaria, in a parable about storytelling, sainthood and myth-making.

About the author

Will Buckingham is the author of Cargo Fever (2007, Tindal Street Press) and Finding Our Sea-Legs (2009, Kingston University Press). He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the De Montfort University, Leicester. In 2010 he was awarded the British Academy funding to undertake research for his next novel in China.