Raymond Queneau — French Poet born on February 21, 1903, died on October 25, 1976

Raymond Queneau was a French novelist, poet, and co-founder of Oulipo, notable for his wit and cynical humour... (wikipedia)

Ulysses finds himself unchanged, aside from his experience, at the end of his odyssey.
There have been only rare moments in history where individual histories were able to run their course without wars or revolutions.
We have gotten away from this double aspect of either putting the character back into historical events or of making a historical event of his very life.
Fiction has consisted either of placing imaginary characters in a true story, which is the Iliad, or of presenting the story of an individual as having a general historical value, which is the Odyssey.
A very great Iliad... concerns the creation of a nation.