Gilgamesh | A New Translation of the Ancient Epic

by Sophus Helle
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Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th January 2023
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23 x 15.5  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

A poem for the ages, freshly and accessibly translated by an international rising star, bringing together scholarly precision and poetic grace
“Sophus Helle’s new translation . . . [is] a thrilling, enchanting, desperate thing to read.”—Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Globe
“Looks to be the last word on this Babylonian masterpiece.”—Michael Dirda, Washington Post
Gilgamesh is a Babylonian story about love between men, loss and grief, the confrontation with death; the destruction of nature; insomnia and restlessness, finding peace in one’s community, the voice of women, the folly of gods, heroes, and monsters—and more. Translating directly from the Akkadian, Sophus Helle offers a literary translation that reproduces the original epic’s poetic effects, including its succinct clarity and enchanting cadence. Millennia after its composition, Gilgamesh continues to speak to us in myriad ways.

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