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The Return of Ulysses
Author: Edith Hall

ISBN: 9781780762357
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15 July 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88 x 2.54
Description:
Whether they focus on the bewitching song of the Sirens, his cunning escape from the cave of the terrifying one-eyed Cyclops, or the vengeful slaying of the suitors of his beautiful wife Penelope, the stirring adventures of Ulysses/Odysseus are amongst the most durable in human culture. The picaresque return of the wandering pirate-king is one of the most popular texts of all time, crossing East-West divides and inspiring poets and fimmakers wordwide. But why, over three thousand years, has the Odyssey's appeal proved so remarkably resilient and longlasting? Edith Hall explains the enduring fascination of Homer's epic in terms of its extraordinary susceptibility to adaptation. Not only has the story reflected a myriad of different agendas, but - from the tragedies of classical Athens to modern detective fiction, film, travelogue and opera - it has seemed perhaps uniquely fertile in generating new artistic forms. Cultural texts as diverse as Joyce's "Ulysses", Suzanne Vega's "Calypso", Monteverdi's "II Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria", the Coen Brothers' "O Brother Where Art Thou?" , Daniel Vigne's "Le Retour de Martin Guerre" and A...

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