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The Odyssey

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Publisher: 
WW Norton
 | 
November, 2017
ISBN:
9780393089059
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The first great adventure story in the Western canon, the Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage, family, and identity; and about travelers, hospitality, and the changing meanings of home in a strange world.

This vivid new poetic translationthe first ever by a womanmatches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homers sprightly pace. Eschewing showy poeticisms and high-flown rhetoric, Emily Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting rhythm and rumble that avoids proclaiming its own grandeur or importance.

An engrossing tale told in a compelling new voice that allows contemporary readers to luxuriate in Homers magical descriptions and similes and to thrill at the tension and excitement of its heros fantastical adventures, Wilsons Odyssey recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature.

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