Gilgamesh: A New English Version

Gilgamesh: A New English Version


By (author) Reader in Classics Stephen Mitchell

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 290 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0743261690
  • ISBN 13: 9780743261692
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 124,462

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"Gilgamesh" is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, but until now there has not been a version that is a superlative literary text in its own right. Acclaimed by critics and scholars, Stephen Mitchell's version allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, to see how startlingly beautiful, intelligent, and alive it is.

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"A flowing, unbroken version that reads as effortlessly as a novel...with startlingly familiar hopes, fears, and lusts. Mitchell...cracks open the lessons in "Gilgamesh" by rebuilding its clay fragments into a poem easy on the eyes and the transcultural imagination....Vibrant, earnest, unfussily accessible.... The muscular eloquence and rousing simplicity of Mitchell's four-beat line effectively unleash the grand vehemence of the epic's battle scenes, and the characters' ominous visions emerge with uncanny clarity." -- "The New York Times Book Review "