Odyssey (the Stephen Mitchell Translation)

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ISBN-13: 9781451674170
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Description: A brilliant new version of the Odyssey from one of the most accomplished translators of our time.Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad caused a stir on its publication and was chosen as one of the New Yorker’s favorite books for 2011. Now Mitchell brings his  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

A brilliant new version of the Odyssey from one of the most accomplished translators of our time.Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad caused a stir on its publication and was chosen as one of the New Yorker’s favorite books for 2011. Now Mitchell brings his vivid poetic power to the Odyssey, the original epic voyage into the unknown that has inspired other creative work for millennia—from ancient poems to modern fiction and movies. With its consummately modern hero, full of guile and wit, always prepared to reinvent himself, the Odyssey is perfectly suited to our times. Mitchell’s translation brings it to life for those who have never read it before or have tried and given up.Twentieth-century translators of the Odyssey were either too literal or overreached for poetic effects, which produced awkward syntax and made the story hard to follow. Mitchell’s version keeps the syntax straightforward and the diction close to spoken English, yet his meter re-creates the oceanic music of the ancient Greek. In addition, this is the first translation to benefit from advances in modern textual scholarship.Just as Mitchell “re-energized the Iliad for a new generation” (The Sunday Telegraph), in his Odyssey he has created the noblest, clearest, and most captivating rendition of one of the defining masterpieces of Western literature.

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

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