Almost everybody on the earth knows about the annihilating Trojan War its purpose. The war continued over a decade without conclusion. In the last it was great Odysseus whose wit came to the rescue of Spartans in the form of Trojan Horse. Not only Homeric epics but many other Greek classic plays of olden times recount the various episodes of the war and aftermath in most brilliant fashion. It was a great tragedy and Greeks being so fascinated with the tragedies explored almost every angle of the entire episode for it was the tragedy of classic proportions. All the elements required for the epic were present in that great but tragic event of the ancient era. Troy was almost destroyed, buried with savages of time and forgotten till Heinrich Schliemann discovered it attesting the Trojan War was not at all an imagination of the poet. The Trojan War, its participant Greek and Trojan heroes, their attitudes, woes and their vicious fights, involvement of pantheon of the Gods in either side and the central character…Helen…most beautiful woman of those times have fascinated even the modern artists and writers.
Homer’s “Odyssey” mostly depicts Odysseus’ return journey to home, Ithaca, through various perils and mysterious circumstances. To me not only Odysseus’ but of other heroes like Agamemnon and Menelaus’ return voyage too was important…rather most important. We are aware that as a war prize Agamemnon received crazy Cassandra who could oracle but because of the curse none would trust her. Menelaus had won back his wife who had eloped with Prince of Troy, Paris by killing him in the war. Odysseus, the chief architect of the Trojan victory, was deceived by the Greeks and was left behind stranded on the ravaged Trojan island without sailable ships. At home, wife of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra is entertaining the company of her husband’s sworn enemy Egysthus.
My “Odyssey” depicts return journey of these three Heroes. All are in strange situations. One has crazy princes as his slave. Other has his estranged wife with him whose lover has been killed by him. And other is a man of immense courage and wit even to challenge his destiny. And Clytemnestra, with her new lover, is planning to assassinate Agamemnon... if at all he returns.
The novel depicts the emotional traumas, ever changing human relations, decisions and the raging storms of emotions that drive their actions.
One must read the novel to understand our own inner self and the never ending saga of human strife and persistence.
The novel is available Amazon and many other e-book stores.
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