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The Lost Books of the Odyssey

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
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An extraordinary imagining of episodes, fragments and revisions of Homer's Odyssey, a book destined to become a modern classic.

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Zachary Mason is a computer scientist specialising in artificial intelligence. He was a finalist for the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. He lives in California.

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