The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh

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Translated by N K Sandars


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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 8mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141026286
  • ISBN 13: 9780141026282
  • Sales rank: 105,825

Product description

This work talks about a great king, strong as the stars in Heaven. Enkidu, a wild and mighty hero, is created by the gods to challenge the arrogant King Gilgamesh. But instead of killing each other, the two become friends. Travelling together to the Cedar Forest, they fight and slay the evil monster Humbaba. But when Enkidu is killed, his death haunts and breaks the mighty Gilgamesh. Terrified of mortality, he resolves to find the secret of eternal life.

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Author information

N K Sandars has worked extensively in the fields of archaeology and prehistory and is a fellow of the British Academy. Her book of poems, Grandmother's Steps & Other Poems, was published in 2000.

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"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 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"