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Publisher Comments:

A New York Times Bestseller and Whitbread Book of the Year.

Heaney’s performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel’s mother. He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon.

The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.

While an abridgment of Heaney’s full translation of Beowulf, Heaney prepared this abridgment himself to read for the BBC program from which this recording is taken.

Synopsis:

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio read by the author from his own abridgment.

Synopsis:

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's translation of "Beowulf" comes to life in this gripping rendition that reminds listeners that the work was truly meant to be heard not read. Heaney "captures the sense of Old English poetry without adhering slavishly to its roots.IThe result is a "Beowulf" of rough elegance and emotional directness rendered in a voice both ancient and familiar" ("The Onion").

About the Author

SEAMUS HEANEY is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer from County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565114272
Translator:
Heaney, Seamus
Producer:
Roberts, Sue
Producer:
Roberts, Sue
Author:
Heaney, Seamus
Publisher:
HighBridge Audio
Location:
St. Paul, Minn. :
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Beowulf
Subject:
Talking book collection.
Subject:
Books on compact disc, Unabridged
Subject:
Poetry-English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
POETRY / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Abridged; 2.25 hours on 2 CDs
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
135
Dimensions:
4.92x5.64x.37 in. .24 lbs.
Media Run Time:
150 Minutes

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Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio read by the author from his own abridgment.

"Synopsis" by , Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's translation of "Beowulf" comes to life in this gripping rendition that reminds listeners that the work was truly meant to be heard not read. Heaney "captures the sense of Old English poetry without adhering slavishly to its roots.IThe result is a "Beowulf" of rough elegance and emotional directness rendered in a voice both ancient and familiar" ("The Onion").
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