Gilgamesh

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John Gardner
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 28, 2011 - Poetry - 320 pages
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The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the lyricism that is lost in the earlier, almost scientific renderings. The principal theme of the poem is a familiar one: man's persistent and hopeless quest for immortality. It tells of the heroic exploits of an ancient ruler of the walled city of Uruk named Gilgamesh. Included in its story is an account of the Flood that predates the Biblical version by centuries. Gilgamesh and his companion, a wild man of the woods named Enkidu, fight monsters and demonic powers in search of honor and lasting fame. When Enkidu is put to death by the vengeful goddess Ishtar, Gilgamesh travels to the underworld to find an answer to his grief and confront the question of mortality.


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GILGAMESH

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Too fussy and detailed for the casual reader, too amateurish for the scholar, this curious collaboration between novelist Gardner (completed just before his fatal motorcycle crash in 1982) and English ... Read full review

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BkC2) THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH: Not sorry I read it, but what a slog. The Book Report: Evil King Gilgamesh is hatefully cruel to the citizens of Uruk, his kingdom. The gods, hearing the cries of his ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
IntroductionTHE ONE WHOSAW THE ABYSS
GILGAMESH
TABLET I
TABLET II
TABLET III
TABLET IV
TABLET V
TABLET VII
TABLET VIII
TABLET IX
TABLET X
TABLET XI
TABLET XII
AppendixTRANSLATING GILGAMESH
ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS

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John Gardner was accorded wide praise for his works of imagination, of criticism, and of scholarship. He was born in 1933 in Batavia, New York. Among the universities at which he taught are Oberlin, San Francisco State, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, Bennington, and the State University of New York—Bennington. The Art of Fiction was completed before his death in 1982.

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