The Bacchae

Gita Wolf, Sirish Rao, Indrapramit Roy This contemporary retelling of Euripides’ The Bacchae — the last extant Greek tragedy — relates the classic myth of the god Dionysus with the playful yet dangerous lyricism of the original. Dionysus, son of Zeus and god of wine and dance, returns to his native city of Thebes. While the city’s women are enchanted by his powers, Pentheus, King of Thebes, is determined to end their revelry. But destiny wills otherwise, and a horrific nightmare unfolds. Exquisite illustrations heighten the aesthetic appeal of this beautiful handcrafted book.

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Weight 580.0 g
Dimensions 280 × 210 mm





Silkscreen-printed on paper recycled from cotton waste



Co-published with

The J. Paul Getty Trust

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Highlighted Title of the Month, Independent Publisher Online, Nov 2005

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary Indian writing. He has authored more than fifteen books, ranging from novels and children’s books to retellings of myths and collections of pop art. Several of his titles have won international awards. His writing reflects his interests in nature, mountaineering, travel and the oddities of language. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.


Indrapramit Roy

One of India’s finest contemporary artists, Indrapramit Roy taught painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda, in western India. In 1990, he received a fellowship to study painting at the Royal College of Art, London, and won the Burston Award and the Fleur Cawles Award for Excellence. He has exhibited widely in solo and group shows all over India. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Rathna Ramanathan

Rathna Ramanathan

Designer Rathna Ramanathan has steered the design philosophy of Tara since the very beginning. In the process, she can be said to have pioneered innovative children’s book design in India. Her main interest is in typography as well as in changing the form of the book. She runs minus9, her own graphic design studio, and is currently the Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.