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On Wine-Dark Seas: A Novel of Odysseus and His Fatherless Son Telemachus (Hardcover)

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A masterful continuation of the journey of Odysseus after he returned home from his odyssey. 

Here is a brilliant recounting of the life of Odysseus after his safe return to the island of Ithaca, his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus. Countless readers have thrilled to the adventures of Odysseus in The Iliad and The Odyssey, but what further adventures awaited him after his ten years of war and ten years of wandering?  

Narrated by Telemachus to the bard Phemios, On Wine-Dark Seas speaks of the human drama of a man gone twenty years from home and family, a man who saw Troy on the night of its destruction, a man who lives the special quest which is his destiny. In probing the inner journeys of a son and father separated twenty years who must come to terms with each other and their ruthless slaughter of the suitors of Penelope, it reveals the doubts and joys of Odysseus, Penelope, and Telemachus.

As Telemachus tells Phemios: “My father will be known to the future not as the man he was, but as the man of whom you sing. Often at Troy he called himself ‘the father of Telemachus,’ so I too have a part to speak in his story. Wealthy men can pay some poets to chant a story first this way, then another. I cannot offer you wealth to hear me, but only the truth I know.”       

The novel is a masterful recreating of the ancient mind, the landscape of Greece steeped in mythos and the gods, and the human dramas of characters made famous for all time by The Iliad and The Odyssey

About the Author

Tad Crawford’s stories and articles have appeared in such venues as Art in America, the Café Irreal, Confrontation, Communication Arts, Family Circle, Glamour, Guernica, the Nation, and Writer's Digest. The author of A Floating Life: A Novel as well as The Secret Life of Money and a dozen other nonfiction books, he has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award.  Crawford is the founder and publisher of Allworth Press. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

“Odysseus changes from myth to man, from absent and fearless adventurer to challenged father in this stunning and wise story of his return to Ithaca, his slaying of the suitors, and his last years. A compelling, original, and brilliant novel.  You'll never forget it.”
NICK LYONS, author of Fire in the Straw
Product Details
ISBN: 9781510772571
ISBN-10: 151077257X
Publisher: Arcade
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2023
Pages: 264
Language: English