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From Nicole Galland, acclaimed author of The Fool's Tale, comes a marvelous evocation of a distant time and place . . . and a breathtaking reexamination of one of literature's classic villains
From earliest childhood, the precocious boy called Iago had inconvenient tendencies toward honesty—a failing that made him an embarrassment to his family and an outcast in the corrupt culture of glittering Renaissance Venice. Embracing military life as an antidote to the frippery of Venetian society, Iago won the love of the beautiful Emilia and the regard of Venice's revered General Othello. After years of abuse and rejection, Iago was poised to achieve everything he had ever fought for and dreamed of . . .
But a cascade of unexpected deceptions propels him on a catastrophic quest for righteous vengeance, contorting his moral compass until he has betrayed his closest friends and family, and sealed his own fate as one of the most notorious villains of all time.
Inspired by William Shakespeare's classic tragedy Othello—a timeless tale of friendship and treachery, love and jealousy—Galland's I, Iago sheds fascinating new light on a complex soul, and on the conditions and fateful events that helped to create a monster.
Love this book, could not put it down. Classic story as seen through the eyes of a different character. Definitely my cup of tea.Published 3 months ago by D. Vaughan
This is another fine novel by Nicole Galland. I have enjoyed them all, but this one weaves the story with special cleverness and depth.Published 6 months ago by Faye Ameredes
I enjoyed seeing things unfold through Iago's eyes. I almost felt sorry for him. Having read Othello many years ago, I was prompted to re-read it once again. Read morePublished 12 months ago by meemster
This is exactly what I wanted from this book. I fell in love with all of her versions of the characters and it all fit together very well with much food for thought.Published 15 months ago by Angela
I am filled with praise for this book. You really get a feel for Iago here, and it's wonderful to read Shakespeare's play and then this book, and think a bit on it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was curious to see what a book like this would entail, and I'm glad I took the chance on this supposed autobiography of the character Iago from "Macbeth". Ms. Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. Barkley
After reading this riveting book, you will never re-read Shakespeare's Othello in the same light again. Read morePublished 18 months ago by DAZ
The idea of learning a back story for Iago, the villain in Shakespeare's "Othello" was intriguing! There has been much scholarly discussion regarding what his motives could have... Read morePublished 18 months ago by PatCali500
Nicole Galland creates a biography for Iago told from his perspective. Iago has traditionally been intepreted as a figure of pure irrational evil. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer