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    DescriptionMiraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world's oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh's adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, the Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind's eternal struggle with the fear of death.


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    Title
    The Epic of Gilgamesh
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew George, Translated by Andrew George, Introduction by Andrew George, By (author) N.K. Sandars, By (author) Richard Pasco
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140449198
    ISBN 10: 0140449191
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    B&T General Subject: 500
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 892/.1, 892.1
    DC21: 899.951
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PJ3771.G5 E5 2003
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    map, glossary
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Andrew George is Reader in Assyriology at SOAS (the School of Oriential and African Studies) in London, and is also an Honorary Lecturer at the University's Institute of Archaeology. His research has taken him many times to Iraq to visit Babylon and other ancient sites, and to museums in Baghdad, Europe and North America to read the original clay tablets on which the scribes of ancient Iraq wrote.
    Review quote
    "Andrew George has skillfully bridged the chasm between a scholarly re-edition and a popular work" --"London Review of Books" "Humankind's first literary achievement..."Gilgamesh "should compel us as the well-spring of which we are inheritors...Andrew George provides an excellent critical and historical introduction." --Paul Binding, "Independent on Sunday" "This volume will endure as one of the milestones markers...[George] expertly and easily conducts his readers on a delightful and moving epic journey." --Samuel A. Meier, "Times Literary Supplement" "Appealingly presented and very readably translated...it still comes as an exhilarating surprise to find the actions and emotions of the Sumerian superhero coming to us with absolute immediacy over 30-odd centuries. --"Scotsman" "Andrew George has formed an English text from the best of the tablets, differentiating his complex sources but allowing the general reader a clear run at one of the first enduring stories ever told." --Peter Stothard, "The Times" "An exemplary combination of scholarship and lucidity...very impressive...invaluable as a convenient guide to all the different strands which came together to produce the work we now call "Gilgamesh."" --Alan Wall, "Literary Review"
    Review text
    It is difficult to find words to describe just how good this book is. It's the story of a tyrannical Babylonian king, Gilgamesh, whose people are so aggrieved at his treatment of them that they appeal to the gods for help. The gods fashion a rival for Gilgamesh, Enkidu, who lives in the wild before eventually challenging Gilgamesh. However, Enkidu eventually accepts Gilgamesh's superiority and the two become friends. Enkidu dies after being cursed by a mythical creature that he kills with Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is driven to distraction by his friend's death and his own fear of death, and begins to search for a way to be immortal. After much disappointment he eventually realizes that his search is doomed to fruitlessness, and that he can only achieve a kind of immortality through the deeds he does while he is alive. The Epic itself is one of the most amazing pieces of writing that the reader is ever likely to encounter, and it is made even more so by the fact that it is approximately 5000 years old. The passages that describe Gilgamesh's reaction to Enkidu's death are some of the most emotional, but least melodramatic, that you are ever likely to read: 'Should not sorrow reside in my heart,/And my [face] not resemble one come from afar?' The text of the Epic is at times very fragmented (there are gaps on the stone tablets on which it is written), and this can be frustrating. However, in some respects it is even more stunning that something this incomplete can be so powerful. This translation is by Andrew George, whose introduction is also a masterful piece of writing in itself: he manages to provide enough detail and context to illuminate the text, without being either too scholarly or assuming that the reader knows nothing. This book cannot be recommended highly enough, and it will be a crime if, in this comprehensive and intelligent edition, The Epic of Gilgamesh does not come to be as highly regarded as The Iliad or Beowulf. (Kirkus UK)