The Odyssey

The Odyssey

By (author) Homer , Introduction by Bernard M. W. Knox , Notes by Bernard M. W. Knox , Translated by Robert Fagles


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This title presents Homer's best-loved and most accessible poem, recounting the great wandering of Odysseus during his ten-year voyage back home to Ithaca, after the Trojan War. This is a superb new verse translation, now published in trade paperback, before the standard Penguin Classic B format.

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 40.64mm | 589.67g
  • 27 Nov 1997
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Reprint
  • notes
  • 0140268863
  • 9780140268867
  • 12,813

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ROBERT FAGLES was winner of the 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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"[Robert Fitzgerald's translation is] a masterpiece . . . An "Odyssey" worthy of the original." -"The Nation" "[Fitzgerald's" Odyssey" and "Iliad"] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer's art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase." -"The Yale Review " "[In] Robert Fitzgerald's translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world." -from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney

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Many people are scared of giving this fantastic story a go due to some poor wordy translations. This translation is definitely not one of more
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