Following her seminal translation of The Odyssey, Wilson delivers an eminently readable yet still authoritative edition of Homer's other great epic in this magisterial volume.
When Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey appeared in 2017-revealing the ancient poem in a contemporary idiom that "combines intellectual authority with addictive readability" (Edith Hall, The Sunday Telegraph)-critics lauded it as "a revelation" (Susan Chira, The New York Times) and "a cultural landmark" (Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian) that would forever change how Homer is read in English. Now Wilson has returned with an equally revelatory translation of the first great Homeric epic: The Iliad.
In Wilson's hands, this exciting and often horrifying work now gallops at a pace befitting its battle scenes, roaring with the clamour of arms, the bellowing boasts of victors and the anguished cries of dying men. Wilson's unadorned but resonant language plumbs the poem's profound pathos and reveals its characters as palpably real, even "complicated," human beings. Capping a decade of intense engagement with Homer's poetry, Wilson's Iliad now gives us a complete Homer for our generation.
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Weight: 1164 g
Dimensions: 244 x 163 x 43 mm
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I've always been a fan of Martin Hammond's prose translation of The Iliad, which brings the violence, humour, detail, characters and world to life so effectively. Until I read this new verse translation,... More
“I have no issue with the translation”
I don’t really ‘get’ poetry so I knew this wasn’t necessarily going to be a book I enjoyed. However, I’m glad I read this before I read other books about Achilles so that I know his story.
“An excellent edition of a timeless epic, great for new and old readers alike!”
If you’ve ever thought of reading the Iliad but felt put off by baroque translations and weird-sounding language, the new translation by Emily Wilson is a great opportunity to enter into the fascinating world of an... More
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