The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Description

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.


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Details

Author(s)
Homer, Emily Wilson
Format
Hardback | 592 pages
Dimensions
163 x 244 x 41mm | 980g
Publication date
19 Dec 2017
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
3 maps
ISBN10
0393089053
ISBN13
9780393089059
Bestsellers rank
25,042