Gilgamesh: A New Translation of the Ancient Epic

Gilgamesh: A New Translation of the Ancient Epic
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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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9780300268096
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Paperback
Publication Date: 
September 6, 2022