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    DescriptionAdventurers, explorers, kings, gods, and goddesses come to life in this useful, entertaining and informative story of the first great epic (The Washington Post) Composed in Middle Babylonia around 1200 BCE, The Epic of Gilgamesh foreshadowed later stories that would become as fundamental as any in human history: The Odyssey and the Bible. But in 600 BCE, the clay tablets that bore the story were lost to the world, buried beneath ashes and ruins. David Damrosch begins with the rediscovery of the epic in 1872 and from there goes backward in time, all the way to Gilgamesh himself. The Buried Book is an illuminating tale of history as it was written, stolen, lost, and--after 2,000 years and countless battles, conspiracies, and revelations--finally found.

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    The Buried Book
    The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Damrosch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 334
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780805087253
    ISBN 10: 0805087257

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25770
    LC classification: PA
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    B&T Approval Code: A23500000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    DC21: 809.93353
    DC22: 809.93353
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DB
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    26 December 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    David Damrosch is a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He is the general editor of "The Longman Anthology of World Literature "and the founding general editor of "The Longman Anthology of British Literature." He lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    "An altogether compelling narrative of a crucial episode in cultural history. This is a book that vividly demonstrates why humanism matters and how it is enhanced by exercising an unconventionally broad reach."--Robert Alter, author of "The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary", and Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley ""The Buried Book "is a thrilling intellectual adventure: a brilliant study of Gilgamesh, it is also a rich and complex narrative of colonialist adventurers, obsessed scholars, anxious theologians, and contemporary writers all caught up in the ancient epic's amazingly wide net."--Stephen Greenblatt, author of "Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare""" "David Damrosch's "The Buried Book" is a remarkably original, narrative analysis of the loss, rediscovery, and literary-spiritual values of the ancient epic, "Gilgamesh". There is somber wisdom and wit in Damrosch's comprehensive story, which finds room for Philip Roth's "The Great American Novel" and the murderous fictions of Saddam Hussein. It is salutary to be reminded by Damrosch that ultimately we and Islam share a common literary culture that commenced with "Gilgamesh"."--Harold Bloom, author of "Where Shall Wisdom Be Found"?