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    DescriptionAlessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of 21 Homeric characters. Sacrificing none of Homer's panoramic scope, Baricco forgoes Homer's detachment and admits us to realms of subjective experience his predecessor never explored. From the return of Chryseis to the burial of Hector, we see through human eyes and feel with human hearts the unforgettable events first recounted more than 3,000 years ago events arranged not by the whims of the gods in this instance but by the dictates of human nature.With Andromache, Patroclus, Priam, and the rest, we are privy to the ghastly confusion of battle, the clamour of the princely councils, the intimacies of the bedchamber until finally only a blind poet is left to recount secondhand the awful fall of Ilium.Imbuing the stuff of legend with a startlingly new relevancy and humanity, Baricco gives us "The Iliad" as we have never known it. His transformative achievement is certain to delight and fascinate all the readers of Homer's indispensable classic.


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    Title
    An Iliad
    Subtitle
    A Story of War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alessandro Baricco, Translated by Ann Goldstein
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 140 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847671035
    ISBN 10: 1847671039
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: 853.914
    BISAC V2.8: FIC010000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Canongate Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Canongate Books Ltd
    Publication date
    20 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958. He is the author of six novels, including Silk and Without Blood, four of which have been translated into English. Ann Goldstein has translated works by, among others, authors Roberto Calasso, Alessandro Baricco, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Aldo Buzzi. She has been the recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award.
    Review quote
    "* 'Baricco has written an Iliad for his time, a wonderful, gripping take on a story that has haunted our culture since it was first told.' - The Times * 'You won't, and can't put it down' - Observer * "A swift, stylish, summer-reading version of the great epic." - San Francisco Chronicle * "A taut and mesmerizing tale." - Seattle Times"