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An Iliad (Vintage International)

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A bold reimagining of our civilization's greatest tale of war, by the author of the acclaimed best seller Silk.

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 us The Iliad as we have never known it. His transformative achievement is certain to delight and fascinate all readers of Homer's indispensable classic.

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A bold re-imagining of our civilizations greatest tale of war, from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Silk.

In An Iliad, Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of twenty-one Homeric characters, in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination. 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. Imbuing the stuff of legend with a startling new relevancy and humanity, Baricco gives us The Iliad as we have never known it. His transformative achievement is certain to delight and fascinate all readers of Homers indispensable classic.

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The acclaimed author of the bestseller "Silk" now offers a bold reimagining of our civilization's greatest tale of war: the siege of Troy, as told through the voices of 21 Homeric characters in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination.

About the Author

Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958 and still makes his home there. The author of four previous novels, he has won the Prix Médicis Étranger in France and the Selezione Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo al Bosco prizes in Italy.

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orl1126, June 5, 2007 (view all comments by orl1126)
My hunch is that this ghoulish remake of Homer's Iliad is directed at the Iraq war, which competes with it regarding gory details of the war's barbarity and inhumanity, even to the extent of beheadings, losses of limbs, spilling of guts, bloodletting, and depth of hatred and anger between humans of different nation-ality and persuasion. This is not fun reading, and raises a question as to what progress humanity has made in 3000 yrs, aside from technical details.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307275394
Author:
Baricco, Alessandro
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Translator:
Goldstein, Ann
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.96x5.54x.53 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307275394 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A bold re-imagining of our civilizations greatest tale of war, from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Silk.

In An Iliad, Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of twenty-one Homeric characters, in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination. 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. Imbuing the stuff of legend with a startling new relevancy and humanity, Baricco gives us The Iliad as we have never known it. His transformative achievement is certain to delight and fascinate all readers of Homers indispensable classic.

"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed author of the bestseller "Silk" now offers a bold reimagining of our civilization's greatest tale of war: the siege of Troy, as told through the voices of 21 Homeric characters in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination.
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