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    DescriptionLiterature'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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    Title
    The Odyssey
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Homer, Translated by Robert Fagles
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143039952
    ISBN 10: 0143039954
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 883.01
    B&T General Subject: 640
    DC22: 883/.01
    B&T Approval Code: A23303000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    B&T Approval Code: A24200000
    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
    LC classification: PA4025.A5 F34 2006
    BIC subject category V2: DB
    Thema V1.0: DB, DCF
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    30 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    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")