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From the award-winning memoirist, critic, and bestselling author of The Lost, comes a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading--and reliving--Homer's epic masterpiece.
When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son, Daniel, teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. In the sometimes uncomfortable months they spend together in the classroom, and then a journey in which they retrace Odysseus’s steps, Daniel uncovers long-buried family secrets and comes to better understand his complex father’s story.
Daniel Mendelsohn’s careful narrative of this experience echoes the Odyssey itself, with timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home. Rich with literary and emotional insight, An Odyssey is a renowned author-scholar's most triumphant entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.
Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. His books include the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and many other honors; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; the definitive English translation of the Complete Poems of C. P. Cavafy; and two collections of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken and Waiting for the Barbarians.
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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm