The first novel “Odysseus X” about the U.S. poetess Sylvia Plath was published in April 2015 by edition keiper, Graz.
Sigrun Höllrigl ODYSSEUS X – April 2015
DESCRIPTION OF CONTENT
The young American student Sally Keane receives a fullbrigth grant at King’s College Cambridge. Even though she has a boyfriend in US, Sally falls in love in Cambridge. Beside her troubles to find the right man, we follow the tragic story of Sylvia Plath. The young woman Sally is a modern alter ego of Sylvia Plath. Detailed researches about Sylvia Plath and her tragic love story were part of this book.
Meanwhile the historical part is pure documentary, the contemporary frame story of the novel is pure fiction. Present and past are melding Going back to ancient times the novel creates a feeling of timelessness. From the begin to the end we follow three different voices in an inner monolog of memorizing. It contains lyrical parts as well as male SMS and e-mail diaologs. The composition is structured like music. In modern times the ancient hero Odysseus is incorporated by two young women. Both are interellectuals and in a process of a self discovery. Both females know that their Odyssey would cost some of their ships. Even though both young ladies follow the rules of love.
132 pages, paperback
16,05 Euro (Amazon)
publishing house: edition keiper; Auflage: 1., April 2015 (13. April 2015
ISBN-10: 3902901683 ISBN-13: 978-3902901682
Sigrun Höllrigl about her novel:
“The big love stories around Picasso, Max Frisch and Ingeborg Bachmann or Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes let us know, how difficult and dangerous a female developing still seems to be for them. The danger and the risk to fail is much higher, when female creatives have strong artist partners. The history knows many examples for it. The novel “Odysseus X” circles around the tragedies of creative women, whose developing declines, because love creates an inner identity loss for them, meanwhile men process in love supported by women. It is a drama, which happens quietly and unspectacularely very often in womens’ life.”
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