Telemachus (TMAC) re-examines James Joyce’s Ulysses and the Odysseus myth from the Point of View of the son. It is set in Sydney, Australia on Melbourne Cup Day 1984 and follows a day in the life of two brothers, Tom Hallem and Billy Capri, underscored by the looming return of their father after 20 years in Asia.
The governing trope of TMAC is that “the (subscripted) son must repeat the journey of the (superscripted & emboldened) father .”
Telemachus is Technical Fiction that gives equal weight to story and theory. It employs a postmodern method that “puts forward the unpresentable in presentation itself,” as Jean-Francois Lyotard wrote, to thereby deny itself “the solace of good forms.”
Telemachus is the son of Ulysses, just as Telemachus was the son of Odysseus. It contains a wealth of information about Joyce, his works and literary correspondences. In fact, it could almost be called “Ulysses” for Dummies!
Yet encased within all the Joyce-related matter and literary theory, there is a ripping yarn about family, lies, choices, death and aftermath.
The text of Telemachus is fixed. But on this website, everything is provisional. It will be continuously updated to enlarge and refract the content of the novel. The website will thus become a living digital complement to the dead written testament.