The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Paperback (06 Nov 2018) | English

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Synopsis

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, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world.

This vivid new translation-the first by a woman-matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Emily Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and an iambic pentameter to produce a translation with an enchanting "rhythm and rumble" that avoids proclaiming its own grandeur. An engrossing tale told in a compelling new voice that allows contemporary readers to luxuriate in Homer's descriptions and similes and to thrill at the tension and excitement of its hero's adventures, Wilson recaptures what is "epic" about this wellspring of world literature.

Book information

ISBN: 9780393356250
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Imprint: W.W. Norton and Company
Pub date:
DEWEY: 883.01
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 525
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 670g
Height: 145mm
Width: 209mm
Spine width: 36mm