A great fictional hero roamed the dry and windy plains shown in the image above. His mind was on adventure and romance, and he found his fill of both. Can you identify the novel and the place?
Here are a few clues:
• He loved a woman who was known for her sweet disposition. It is not clear, however, that she ever appreciated his affection.
• He managed to hire an assistant by promising this assistant an island. It is not clear, however, where they thought an island could be found in this landlocked region.
• This novel is a celebrated work of metafiction, though unlike most works of metafiction it cannot possibly be called postmodern.
Please try to identify this work by posting a comment below. As always, to avoid giving away the answer I will not publish any comments until I reveal the answer tomorrow.
NOTE: Yes, I know today is Bloomsday, but the answer is obviously not Ulysses, since that was the last one.
UPDATE: The answer has been posted.