Art gift book “Odyssey of Life – Odyssee des Lebens – Homage to Homer”

Book series LOUNGE 2 – volume V

Editor: Kurt Ries

He believed the “Fountain of Cressida” in Corfu was the place where Nausicaa had washed her laundry, but the island of the Phaeacians remains a dream. The German wholesale merchant Heinrich Schliemann was a cosmopolitan and a genius. Or was he just a dreamer? He sees Homer´s epics mainly as works of art but reads them in his own way. Eventually, he excavates a seafarers´ realm from the Late Helladic period and becomes the father of Mycenaean archeology. The world of Homer, on the other hand, falls into a later period – the time of meanders and vase painting ca. 800 B.C. that marks the transition between craftwork and visual art. To commemorate Homer´s legacy with contemporary imagery, and honor the achievements of the world-famous archeologist at the occasion of his 200th birthday, 65 artists from 30 countries came together and went on their own transcendental quest.

International Artworks and Poems

Bilingual art gift book with 75 artworks and 28 haiku poems from 30 countries.

Art and Poetry from around the world


As in the Odyssey, the self-assertion of an intelligent hero that refuses to give up is also a constant theme in Schliemann´s life. The editor of this art inspired almanac has divided the artworks from around the world into chapters and added slogans describing their respective artistic styles, selected haiku poems, quotes and illustrations. The result is a multifaceted homage from the imaginative perspective of modern artists. This book is intended as a gift in the spirit of international understanding and peace.

Odyssey of Life – Odyssee des Lebens (Homage to Homer)

The printed book is available in the book trade and in internet bookshops. 

  • Publisher: Re Di Roma-Verlag
  • Language: English, German
  • Size: 21 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 3985275602
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3985275601

Book participants can purchase any number of the book from the publisher or bookseller Peecho at the reduced author’s price. Please find more information here!

Book design awards – as part of the book project:

  • Cover: Kathie Pettersson (Sweden)
  • Back cover: Yvan Bedard (Canada), Vicky Tsalamata (Greece)
  • Titel page: Susan Borowitz (USA)
  • Chapter pages with poems: Seven further prizes – please see in the book!

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