Oedipus on the Road
Yes the Oedipus mentioned in the title is that Oedipus, the one who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. The events of Bauchau’s novel take place in the years in between the shocking revealing of truths in Thebes and his return to Athens years later. The mystery of his time is solved in a story of redemption and forgiveness.
What the Day Owes the Night
Younes’ parents release him into the custody of his well off uncle. Now renamed Jonas, he befriends a group of boys and even meets a young lady named Emilie. What is a story of growth also becomes a story of identity as Younes/Jonas’ Algerian world becomes increasingly European.