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The Iliad: The Stephen Mitchell Translation
By Homer and Stephen Mitchell (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Atria Books
Publication date August 14, 2012
Pages 480
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781439163382
ISBN-10 1439163383
Dimensions 1.75 by 6 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: One of the New Yorker’s Favorite Books from 2011—from the renowned translator of Rilke, Tao Te Ching, and Gilgamesh, a vivid new translation of Western civilization’s foundational epic: the Iliad.

One of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books of 2 011

Tolstoy called the Iliad a miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment. Homer’s story is thrilling, and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever sung or written. But until now, even the best English translations haven’t been able to re-create the energy and simplicity, the speed, grace, and pulsing rhythm of the original. Now, thanks to the power of Stephen Mitchell’s language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life, and we are carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

Mitchell’s Iliad is also the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L. West, whose edition of the original Greek identifies many passages that were added after the Iliad was first written down, to the detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of interpolated lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text. In addition, Mitchell’s illuminating introduction opens the epic still further to our understanding and appreciation.

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With Homer | Reprint edition from Atria Books (August 14, 2012)
9781439163382 | details & prices | 480 pages | 6.00 × 9.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $18.00
About: One of the New Yorker’s Favorite Books from 2011—from the renowned translator of Rilke, Tao Te Ching, and Gilgamesh, a vivid new translation of Western civilization’s foundational epic: the Iliad.

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