The War Nerd Iliad
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The War Nerd Iliad

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We recognize the names: Achilles, Odysseus, Zeus, and Apollo. We're taught that The Iliad is a foundational text of civilization. But who has really read the text? Until now, The Iliad was hijacked by academics and used to bludgeon schoolchildren as a boring-yet- mandatory reading. Poet, novelist, essayist, and former teacher John Dolan revisits this ancient tale and restores it to its ancient glory. The Greeks and Trojans are still fighting. The gods are still interfering. But in Dolan's version, you'll be amazed at how funny, raw, and terrifying this doomed world of war really is. He strips away clunky, archaic language to reveal the true meaning and themes that animate this tale of war and futility. John Dolan's work under the nom de guerre "Gary Brecher The War Nerd" has been met with both acclaim and controversy. Dolan's version of The Iliad is sapped of the usual saccharine romance attributed to "heroes" and lets the action tell the story. Regardless of attributed name, Dolan/Brecher is an astute observer of modern warfare who now turns that keen analysis to the most classical of documented battles, The Iliad. John Dolan now works with Mark Ames (of eXile fame) to produce the Radio War Nerd weekly podcast on military matters. Born in Denver, Colorado, Dolan currently lives in Macedonia.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Feral House,U.S.
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • English
  • 1627310509
  • 9781627310505
  • 70,679

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"For anyone who was ever a bored undergraduate struggling with the mystery of how the Iliad could have been considered a thrilling, action-packed tale, John Dolan's War Nerd Iliad solves it at last. Thanks to Dolan's propulsive prose translation ... we get it at last! -- Eileen Jones, Lecturer at UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media, author of Film Suck and film critic for Jacobin.show more

About John Dolan

The War Nerd, Gary Brecher, is the nom de guerre of John Dolan, a poet, novelist, essayist and former academic. Dolan now works with Mark Ames (of eXile fame) to produce the Radio War Nerd weekly podcast on military matters. Born in Denver, Colorado, Dolan currently lives in Macedonia.show more

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