Seymour Chwast, an icon of the graphic design world, has delighted audiences with his adaptations of The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales. Now he turns to Homer's Odyssey, one of the best-known stories in history. The tale is one that begs for visual interpretation, filled with mythic characters we all know well: the Cyclops, the Lotus-Eaters, the cannibal Laestrygonians, the Sirens, the monster Scylla (beside the whirlpool Charybdis), Poseidon, Athena, and Zeus. Featuring a bold black, white, and blue interior design throughout, and imbued with Chwast's own sly humor, The Odyssey brings us a dazzling new vision of one of the epic journeys.
"This is a funny and engaging take on the story of Odysseus's return from the siege at Troy . . . Dynamic page layouts (no two spreads are alike) and helpful chapter headings and text labels help keep the story moving with the energy of a Saturday matinee serial directed by Michel Gondry. Chwast's charming line drawings are deceptively simple. Scenery evokes the aerodynamic lines of the ‘20s and '30s, while character designs emerge from the classical ideal of beauty. With its rich cast of characters and wealth of dramatic incident, it's a wonder that The Odyssey hasn't seen more visual interpretations; Chwast's is enjoyable, if lightweight."—Publishers Weekly