The Odyssey * Translation by Emily Wilson

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The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey by Homer 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.

A lean, fleet-footed translation by Emily Wilson that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life.

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. 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.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.

Imprint : Norton & Company, Inc.

Published : November 2017

ISBN: 978-0-393-08905-9

Dimensions: 6.4 Ă— 9.6 in

Length: 592 Pages

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You will find a review on Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey by Charlotte Higgins for The Guardian following this link: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/08/the-odyssey-translated-emily-wilson-review 

 

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