The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Book rating: 05 Paperback Penguin Classics Deluxe

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

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  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 41mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 27 November 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140268863
  • ISBN 13: 9780140268867
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: notes
  • Sales rank: 16,230

Product description

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

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By Jan 18 Apr 2010 5

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

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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

Table of contents

The OdysseyIntroduction Introduction The Spelling and Pronunciation of Homeris Names Maps: 1. Homeric Geography: Mainland Greece 2. Homeric Geography: The Peloponnese 3. Homeric Geography: The Aegean and Asia Minor Homer: The Odyssey Book 1: Athena Inspires the Prince Book 2: Telemachus Sets Sail Book 3: King Nestor Remembers Book 4: The King and Queen of Sparta Book 5: Odysseus-Nymph and Shipwreck Book 6: The Princess and the Stranger Book 7: Phaeacia's Halls and Gardens Book 8: A Day for Songs and Contests Book 9: In the One-Eyed Giant's Cave Book 10: The Bewitched Queen of Aeaea Book 11: The Kingdom of the Dead Book 12: The Cattle of the Sun Book 13: Ithaca at Last Book 14: The Loyal Swineherd Book 15: The Prince Sets Sail for Home Book 16: Father and Son Book 17: Stranger at the Gates Book 18: The Beggar-King of Ithaca Book 19: Penelope and her Guest Book 20: Portents Gather Book 21: Odysseus Stings his Bow Book 22: Slaughter in the Hall Book 23: The Great Rooted Bed Book 24: Peace Notes Translator's Postscript Genealogies Textual Variants from the Oxford Classical Text Notes on the Translation Suggestions for Further Reading Pronouncing Glossary