The Lost Books of the Odyssey, Paperback

The Lost Books of the Odyssey Paperback



After ten years' journeying Odysseus returns, again and again, to Ithaca.

Each time he finds something different: his patient wife Penelope has betrayed him and married; his arrival accelerates time and he watches his family age and die in front of him; he walks into an empty house in ruins; he returns but is so bored he sets sail again to repeat his voyage; he comes back to find Penelope is dead.

In these forty-four retellings of passages from Homer's "Odyssey," Zachary Mason uses Homer's linear narrative and explodes it: presenting alternative and contradictory fragments of familiar stories - "The Trojan Horse," "The Cyclops Circe," and "The Sirens" - allowing us to see Homer's masterpiece afresh.

Elegant, provocative and utterly fascinating, "The Lost Books of the Odyssey" seems destined to become a modern classic.




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