Oedipus On the Road by Henry Bauchau

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An award-winning Belgian author writes a missing chapter for Sophocles's Oedipus, as the blinded Oedipus endures numerous rites of passage that lead him to spiritual and physical realization. First serial, Grand Street. "
 

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Published October 1, 1994 by Quartet Books. 256 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though his very situation compels attention, and though Oedipus's late-life education in self-knowledge is intermittently moving, this disappointingly static fiction adds nothing to our knowledge of the legend and little to the image of its protagonist as a proud man humbled and transformed by fate.

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The New York Times

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In this novel, translated from the French, the Belgian writer Henry Bauchau imagines the chapter in the story of Oedipus left unwritten by the divine Sophocles.

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Unlike other famous modern retellings of this great story (e.g., those by Cocteau and Freud), this novel is not, in any obvious or aggressive way, a reinterpretation.

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