Our Bookseller says:
Would you believe me if I told you that this is the first edition of the Odyssey to be translated by a woman in the 400 years since the first English translation appeared? Because it’s the honest-to-Zeus truth. Classicist Emily Wilson rocked the world with her revolutionary translation of this classic, historically changing one of the first words of the poem. Suddenly, the perception of Odysseus changes entirely. How we tell these stories matter- who tells them matters. Bias dictates the entire translation, even when not intentional. Wilson broke hundreds of years of male “tradition” with this translation. Not to mention this is the most elegant and beautiful edition I’ve ever read (I’ve read 13 different translations). Be a part of history when you read this! For more linguistics and translation discourse, visit Laney at the register! – Laney
Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.
This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well as the drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, none more so than the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this version as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.
Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Emily Wilson’s Odyssey sings with a voice that echoes Homer’s music; matching the number of lines in the Greek original, the poem sails along at Homer’s swift, smooth pace.
A fascinating, informative introduction explores the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the poem’s major themes, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this is an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of readers.