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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Homer, Translated by Robert Fagles

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 28mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0143039954
  • ISBN 13: 9780143039952
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 10,748

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Literature's grandest evocation of life's journey, at once an ageless human story and an individual test of moral endurance, Homer's ancient Greek epic "The Odyssey" is translated by Robert Fagles with an introduction and notes by Bernard Knox in "Penguin Classics". When Robert Fagles' translation of "The Iliad" was published in 1990, critics and scholars alike hailed it as a masterpiece. Here, one of the great modern translators presents us with "The Odyssey", Homer's best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus' wanderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, the 'man of twists and turns' meets the challenges of the sea-god Poseidon, and monsters ranging from the many-headed Scylla to the cannibalistic Cyclops Polyphemus - only to return after twenty years to a home besieged by his wife Penelope's suitors. In the myths and legends retold in this immortal poem, Fagles has captured the energy of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom. Seven greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" are attributed. "The Iliad" is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity - or even the existence - of Homer himself is a complete mystery, with no reliable biographical information having survived. If you enjoyed "The Odyssey", you might like Robert Fagles' translation of "The Iliad", also available in "Penguin Classics". "Wonderfully readable ...Just the right blend of roughness and sophistication." ("Ted Hughes"). "A memorable achievement ...Mr Fagles has been remarkably successful in finding a style that is of our time and yet timeless." (Richard Jenkyns, "The New York Times Book Review"). "His translation of "The Odyssey" is his best work yet." (Garry Wills, "New Yorker").

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Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives. Both works attributed to Homer - The Iliad and The Odyssey - are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Robert Fagles is Arthur W. Marks 1919 Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Wonderfully readable... Just the right blend of roughness and sophistication. (Ted Hughes)Robert Fagles is the best living translator of ancient Greek drama, lyric poetry, and epic into modern English. (Garry Wills, "The New Yorker")Mr. Fagles has been remarkably successful in finding a style that is of our time and yet timeless. (Richard Jenkyns, "The New York Times Book Review")