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The Song of Roland
By W. S. Merwin (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Modern Library
Publication date February 1, 2001
Pages 137
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375757112
ISBN-10 0375757112
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.25 lbs.
Original list price $13.00
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Summary
A translation of the medieval epic poem about Roland's adventures and death in Charlemagne's war against the pagans. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A contemporary prose rendering of the great medieval French epic, The Song of Roland is as canonical and significant as the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf. It extols the chivalric ideals in the France of Charlemagne through the exploits of Charlemagne's nephew, the warrior Roland, who fights bravely to his death in a legendary battle. Against the bloody backdrop of the struggle between Christianity and Islam, The Song of Roland remains a vivid portrayal of medieval life, knightly adventure, and feudal politics. The first great literary works of a culture are its epic chronicles, those that create simple hero-figures about whom the imagination of a nation can crystallize, observed V. S. Pritchett.

The Song of Roland is animated by the crusading spirit and fortified by national and religious propaganda. This edition features W. S. Merwin's glowing, lyrical translation.

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Paperback
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from Modern Library (February 1, 2001)
9780375757112 | details & prices | 137 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $13.00
About: A translation of the medieval epic poem about Roland's adventures and death in Charlemagne's war against the pagans.
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (July 1, 2003)
9780606286671 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $17.85
About: A translation of the medieval epic poem about Roland's adventures and death in Charlemagne's war against the pagans.
Prebinding
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from Turtleback Books (February 1, 2001)
9780613708685 | details & prices | 137 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $23.30
About: A translation of the medieval epic poem about Roland's adventures and death in Charlemagne's war against the pagans.

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