Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

A New Rendering in English Verse

Book - 1992
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A new verse rendering of the great epic of ancient Mesopotamia, one of the oldest works in Western Literature. Ferry makes Gilgamesh available in the kind of energetic and readable translation that Robert Fitzgerald and Richard Lattimore have provided for readers in their translations of Homer and Virgil.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, c1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374162276
0374162271
Characteristics: xi, 99 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Gilgamesh

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0islessthan1
Jun 24, 2016

This week I completed reading this for at least the fourth time in the past ten years, and thus I (evidently) enjoy this edition very much.

Note that Ferry indeed *renders* the text--he is not a translator; rather, he phrased the story based upon others' translations. In my view this is perfectly acceptable, in that perhaps it frees him to focus on the aesthetics of the final product without being distracted by the literalness of the translation.

The story of King Gilgamesh, his friend Enkidu, their adventures together, Gilgamesh's grief, and his subsequent efforts to transcend the sorrow of death is a timeless tale.

Readers versed in other ancient traditions may recognize common themes, such as the strikingly familiar flood narrative in Table XI.

Twin Cities readers may recall the fine production of "The Oldest Story in the World," a rendition of the Gilgamesh epic, at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis during the fall of 2010.

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0islessthan1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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