An Iliad

An Iliad

Book - 2006
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A bold reimagining of our civilization's greatest tale of war, by the author of the acclaimed best sellerSilk. Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of twenty-one Homeric characters in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination. Sacrificing none of Homer's panoramic scope, Baricco forgoes Homeric detachment and admits us to realms of subjective experience his predecessor never explored. From the return of Chryseis to the burial of Hector, we see through human eyes and feel with human hearts the unforgettable events first recounted almost three thousand years ago--events arranged not by the whims of the gods in this instance but by the dictates of human nature. With Andromache, Patroclus, Priam, and the rest, we are privy to the ghastly confusion of battle, the clamor of princely councils, the intimacies of the bedchamber--until finally only a blind poet is left to recount, secondhand, the awful fall of Ilium. Imbuing the stuff of legend with a startling new relevancy and humanity, Baricco gives usTheIliadas we have never known it. His transformative achievement is certain to delight and fascinate all readers of Homer's indispensable classic.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780307263551
Branch Call Number: FIC BARICCO 2006
Characteristics: xi, 158 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Homer Iliad
Goldstein, Ann 1949-


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