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The Fall of Troy (2006)
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Heinrich Obermann, a celebrated German archaeologist, has uncovered the ancient ruins of Troy on a Turkish hillside. He fervently believes that his discovery will prove that the heroes of the Iliad, a work he has cherished all his life, actually existed. Sophia, Obermann’s young Greek wife, works at the site carefully preserving the ancient treasures she uncovers. But Sophia soon comes to see another side of her husband. He is mysteriously vague about his past and the wife he claims died years before. When she finds a cache of artefacts Obermann has hidden away, her suspicions about him rise, feelings that escalate when a visiting archaeologist who questions Obermann’s methods dies from a mysterious fever. The arrival of a second, equally sceptical archaeologist brings Sophia’s doubts to a head—and spurs Obermann to make even greater claims about the evidence he has found and the profound importance of his achievements.
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It is Peter Ackroyd's remarkable achievement, in this complex and fascinating novel, to take a figure who was already a legend in his own lifetime, and recreate him as a creature of myth; indeed, an epic hero, able to shape truth to his vision, to call on the powers of the gods still residing among the ruins of the city. His Heinrich Obermann - a name for a demigod - has one unswerving goal: all his being is concentrated on demonstrating to the world, in the teeth of general opinion to the contrary, that Homer's account of the Trojan war is a true relation of events and that the Trojan warriors were Europeans, not Asians, and of noble race. This quest - to establish the truth of what has been thought of as fable - is the central element in an intricate pattern that runs through the novel, managed by Ackroyd with great skill: a pattern of ambiguities, where opposed concepts cross their borderlines and interweave, truth merging with invention, fable with fact, the rational with the visionary. Obermann is dangerous in his passionate convictions, perhaps even capable of murder.
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