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The Resource Gilgamesh : a new English version, Stephen Mitchell

Gilgamesh : a new English version, Stephen Mitchell

Label
Gilgamesh : a new English version
Title
Gilgamesh
Title remainder
a new English version
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Mitchell
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gilgamesh is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, and although previously there have been competent scholarly translations of it, until now there has not been a version that is a superlative literary text in its own right. Acclaimed translator Stephen Mitchell's lithe, muscular rendering allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, to see how startlingly beautiful, intelligent, and alive it is. His insightful introduction provides a historical, spiritual, and cultural context for this ancient epic, showing that Gilgamesh is more potent and fascinating than ever. Gilgamesh dates from as early as 1700 BCE -- a thousand years before the Iliad. Lost for almost two millennia, the eleven clay tablets on which the epic was inscribed were discovered in 1853 in the ruins of Nineveh, and the text was not deciphered and fully translated until the end of the century. The epic is the story of literature's first hero -- the king of Uruk in what is present-day Iraq -- and his journey of self-discovery. Along the way, Gilgamesh discovers that friendship can bring peace to a whole city, that a preemptive attack on a monster can have dire consequences, and that wisdom can be found only when the quest for it is abandoned. In giving voice to grief and the fear of death -- perhaps more powerfully than any book written after it -- in portraying love and vulnerability and the ego's hopeless striving for immortality, the epic has become a personal testimony for millions of readers in dozens of languages
Cataloging source
MPA
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Gilgamesh
Index
no index present
LC call number
PJ3771.G5
LC item number
E5 2013
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1943-
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Mitchell, Stephen
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  • Epic poetry, Assyro-Babylonian
  • Gilgamesh
  • Folklore
  • Kings and rulers
  • Giants
  • Fellowship
  • Male friendship
  • Immortality
  • Grief in men
  • Adventure stories
  • Fear of death
  • Iraq
Label
Gilgamesh : a new English version, Stephen Mitchell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-285)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn865548945
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st Atria paperback ed.
Extent
290 pages
Isbn
9780743261692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780743261692
  • (OCoLC)865548945
Label
Gilgamesh : a new English version, Stephen Mitchell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-285)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn865548945
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st Atria paperback ed.
Extent
290 pages
Isbn
9780743261692
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780743261692
  • (OCoLC)865548945

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