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Gilgamesh - 84 edition

by John Gardner and John Trans. Maier

Gilgamesh (ISBN10: 0394740890; ISBN13: 9780394740898)
ISBN13: 978-0394740898
ISBN10: 0394740890

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0075448488
ISBN10: 0075448483

Summary: 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 explo ...show moreits 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 84
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 08/28/1985
International: No

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