"A man needs a little madness, or else... he never dares cut the rope and be free": First Edition of the Author’s Magnum Opus The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel

  • Odyssey: A Modern Sequel.

Odyssey: A Modern Sequel.


Item Number: 3513

London: Secker & Warburg, 1958.

First edition. Octavo, original green cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Translated into English by Kimon Friar; illustrations by Ghika. A very bright copy.

Nikos Kazantzakis began work on his modern sequel to Homer's Odyssey in 1924, publishing it in 1938 after drafting seven different versions. Kazantzakis considered this his most important work. Following the structure of Homer's Odyssey, it is divided into 24 rhapsodies, consisting of 33,333 17-syllable lines. It was translated into English in 1958 as "The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel".

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