Coriolanus

I was tempted to include the complete works of Shakespeare, but I’ll instead cite a great play that echos with “The Odyssey.” “Coriolanus,” is Shakespeare’s most sustained depiction of a war veteran, which presents a brutal and heart-breaking portrait of ultra-masculinity and how it can break a man. There’s also “The Tempest,” about islands, magic, the sea, power, exile and colonialism, whose rich, vivid descriptions of nature were very much in my mind when I was working on my translation of “The Odyssey.”

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