Gilgamesh: A New English Version (Google eBook)
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. When the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke first read Gilgamesh in 1916, he was awestruck. "Gilgamesh is stupendous," he wrote. "I consider it to be among the greatest things that can happen to a person."
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: Gilgamesh: A New English VersionUser Review - Erin - Goodreads
This review applies to Stephen Mitchell's New English Version. The actual story of Gilgamesh is a relatively short but relatively interesting read. It reminds me a lot of Greek and Roman mythology I ... Read full review
Review: Gilgamesh: A New English VersionUser Review - Ian - Goodreads
I can't help but feel pangs of excessive hubris in the act of rating the Epic of Gilgamesh. It's a masterwork, the first cultural and literary monolith, and a defining work in the way humanity ... Read full review
WNYC - Books: Gilgamesh: A New English Version
Gilgamesh: A New English Version. By Stephen Mitchell. Free Press. Copyright © 2004 by Stephen Mitchell ISBN: 0-7432-6164-X ...
www.wnyc.org/ books/ 37704
Canon Fodder: The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New English Version, by ...
I listened to The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New English Version on audio CD as read by George Guidall during my commute on three recent (cold) days. ...
mapletree7.blogspot.com/ 2004/ 12/ epic-of-gilgamesh-new-english-version.html
LESSON PLANS: GILGAMESH, A NEW ENGLISH VERSION BY Stephen Mitchell
LESSON PLANS: Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell. SHORT SUMMARY:. Mesopotamia. The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. ...
www.simonsays.com/ assets/ isbn/ 074326164X/ TGP01_074326164X.pdf
Goodreads | Gilgamesh: A New English Version
See your friends reviews of Gilgamesh: A New English Version (Paperback) by Stephen Mitchell. Goodreads has 223 reviews from fans. About Gilgamesh: A New ...
www.goodreads.com/ book/ show/ 138371.Gilgamesh_A_New_English_Version
book.store.bg - Gilgamesh: A New English Version - Stephen Mitchell
Gilgamesh: A New English Version. Just what I was looking for, one of the countries in the Holy Bible. A non-specialist's humble opinion: stop browsing and ...
import.book.store.bg/ product/ id-0743261690/ gilgamesh-a-new-english-version.html
Gods and Monsters
GILGAMESH: A New English Version, by Stephen Mitchell. Free Press, 290 pp.,. In 1916, Rainer Maria Rilke read a couple of editions of The Epic of Gilgamesh, ...
Stephen Mitchell Books
GILGAMESH A New English Version Free Press, 2004. Finalist, First Annual Quill Award in Poetry. Editor's Choice, The New York Times Book Review ...
www.stephenmitchellbooks.com/ transAdapt/ gilgamesh.html
Therefore, I hesitated before checking out the Warren County Library’s book on CD, Gilgamesh: A New English Version (2004) by Stephen Mitchell. ...
department.monm.edu/ history/ urban/ reviews/ gilagamesh.htm
Powell's Books - Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell
A brilliant new rendering of the oldest epic in the world by esteemed translator and bestselling author Stephen Mitchell..
Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell « Book Review « readysteadybook - a ...
Stephen Mitchell's uneven and rather excitable introduction (edited extract) to his fluent if rather flat Gilgamesh (a new English version) gives a fairly ...