The Iliad

The Iliad

Poetry
Hardback Published on: 26/09/2023
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The Iliad
I have no issue with the translation
I don’t really ‘get’ poetry so I knew this wasn’t necessarily going to be a book I enjoyed. However, I’m glad I read this before I read other books about A... READ MORE
David Wright
The Iliad
An excellent edition of a timeless epic, great for new and old readers alike!
If you’ve ever thought of reading the Iliad but felt put off by baroque translations and weird-sounding language, the new translation by Emily Wilson is a ... READ MORE
Blanca at Basingstoke
The Iliad
Emily Wilson Has Done It Again!
If you're interested in Greek mythology, this is a must-read not only because it's Homer but because this translation is one of the best I've read! The... READ MORE
Noor Mohamed
The Iliad
An excellent edition of a timeless epic, great for new and old readers alike!
If you’ve ever thought of reading the Iliad but felt put off by baroque translations and weird-sounding language, the new translation by Emily Wilson is a ... READ MORE
Blanca at Basingstoke
The Iliad
Remarkable readable!
I haven't read any other versions of The Iliad, but once I'd heard of Wilson's translation of The Odyssey I knew her copy of the first story would be the o... READ MORE
Annie Mac
The Iliad
Vivid, power and affecting
A vivid, powerful and clear translation that transports you to the intense fighting at the siege of Troy. Achilles rage and grief are palpable and Emily Wi... READ MORE
Margot

Synopsis

When Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey appeared in 2017-revealing the ancient poem in a contemporary idiom that "combines intellectual authority with addictive readability" (Edith Hall, The Sunday Telegraph)-critics lauded it as "a revelation" (Susan Chira, The New York Times) and "a cultural landmark" (Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian) that would forever change how Homer is read in English. Now Wilson has returned with an equally revelatory translation of the first great Homeric epic: The Iliad. In Wilson's hands, this exciting and often horrifying work now gallops at a pace befitting its battle scenes, roaring with the clamour of arms, the bellowing boasts of victors and the anguished cries of dying men. Wilson's unadorned but resonant language plumbs the poem's profound pathos and reveals its characters as palpably real, even "complicated," human beings. Capping a decade of intense engagement with Homer's poetry, Wilson's Iliad now gives us a complete Homer for our generation.

  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • ISBN: 9781324001805
  • Number of pages: 848
  • Weight: 1150g
  • Dimensions: 244 x 163 x 43 mm

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