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A very great Iliad... concerns the creation of a nation.
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After the magical act accomplished by Joyce with Ulysses, perhaps we are getting away from it.
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All confessions are Odysseys.
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All societies are historical.
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Fiction has consisted either of placing imaginary characters in a true story, which is the Iliad, or of presenting the story of an individual as having a general historical value, which is the Odyssey.
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In the Odyssey, there are technical refinements which are extremely remarkable, and I'm surprised they aren't mentioned more often.
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It doesn't seem to me that anyone has discovered much that's new since the Iliad or the Odyssey.
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It is the creator of fiction's point of view; it is the character who interests him. Sometimes he wants to convince the reader that the story he is telling is as interesting as universal history.
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It is the incident which makes the story; the rest contributes only to the suspense and to the development of the story.
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It seems to me that an author who has determined very new domains in literature is Gertrude Stein.
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It seems to me that the Odyssey represents the other pole of Western literature.
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Many novelists take well-defined, precise characters, whose stories are sometimes of mediocre interest, and place them in an important historical context, which remains secondary in spite of everything.
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One can easily classify all works of fiction either as descendants of the Iliad or of the Odyssey.
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Religions tend to disappear with man's good fortune.
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The Iliad is the private lives of people thrown into disorder by history.
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The lives of Bouvard and Pecuchet, the life of Don Quixote, are exemplary.
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The Odyssey is the story of Americans up to the point where they are well-established, and even so it is detached from the historical side.
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The Odyssey is the story of someone who, in the course of diverse experiences, acquires a personality or affirms and recovers his personality.
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There have always been many things happening externally, and peoples' private lives are always thrown into disorder.
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There have been only rare moments in history where individual histories were able to run their course without wars or revolutions.
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To have one's own story told by a third party who doesn't know that the character in question is himself the hero of the story being told, that's a technical refinement.
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Ulysses finds himself unchanged, aside from his experience, at the end of his odyssey.
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Until the beginning of the 20th century, it is easy to classify all fictional works under one or the other rubric.
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We have gotten away from this double aspect of either putting the character back into historical events or of making a historical event of his very life.
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We think of giving importance to history, but it is the individual who is interesting, and we want to give him a historical importance.
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When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn't interested any longer. That's very astonishing.
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