The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
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A BRILLIANT AND BEGUILING REIMAGINING OF ONE OF OUR GREATEST MYTHS BY A GIFTED YOUNG WRITER

Zachary Mason's brilliant and beguiling debut novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, reimagines Homer's classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy. With brilliant prose, terrific imagination, and dazzling literary skill, Mason creates alternative episodes, fragments, and revisions of Homer's original that taken together open up this classic Greek myth to endless reverberating interpretations. The Lost Books of the Odyssey is punctuated with great wit, beauty, and playfulness; it is a daring literary page-turner that marks the emergence of an extraordinary new talent.

 

About Zachary Mason

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ZACHARY MASON is a computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence. He was a finalist for the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. He lives in California.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 238 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology. Fiction

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An ingeniously Borgesian series of jazzy, post-modernist variations on “The Odyssey” that are witty, playful, moving and tirelessly inventive.

Jan 28 2010 | Read Full Review of The Lost Books of the Odyssey...

Open Letters Monthly

Searching the cabin yet again, he finds a book behind the wood pile and reads it straight through—it’s the story of Odysseus—but doesn’t recognize himself, wondering “what the book was meant to tell” him.

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