The Odyssey (Hardcover)

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By Homer, Emily Wilson (Translator)
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The first translation of Homer's epic poem by a female scholar. Wilson devotes nearly a quarter of the book to her introduction which is a fascinating look into how a grand translation comes into being. Then, in exquisite iambic pentameter, she breathes new life into a timeless classic, but not once offering the original meaning or feeling as a sacrifice to her muse. Think of it as a Shakespearean take on the Tragedy of Odysseus of Ithaka.

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The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

In this fresh, authoritative version--the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman--this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer's sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer's music.

Wilson's Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband's long absence, to the "complicated" hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

A fascinating introduction provides an informative overview of the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the major themes of the poem, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers alike.



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Product Details
ISBN: 9780393089059
ISBN-10: 0393089053
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 592
Language: English
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