Jonathan Cape, 2010, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First
In the plain outside the walls of Troy, Agamemnon demands a fortress. With no materials except a few trees and unlimited sand, the Greeks dig a negative image of a palace into the white plain- a vast, inverted castle soaring into the depths of the earth. fter 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. Made up of forty-four retellings of passages from Homer's Odyssey, Zachary Mason's book is a fictional apocrypha- a radical and thrilling renovation of Classical legend. He uses Homer s linear narrative and explodes it- presenting fragments of alternative and contradictory re-takes and out-takes of the same familiar stories the Trojan Horse, the Cyclops, Circe, the Sirens breaking them up and putting them together into new shapes. Turned inside-out, these stories become glosses, mirrors and mazes that explore and examine Odysseus Size: 180mm - 250mm. 227 pages. Covers have some shelf-wear as well as some bumping to corners and extremities. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 19715.