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Inanna [Paperback]

Diane Wolkstein
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; First Edition edition (3 Aug 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060908548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060908546
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inanna A fresh retelling of the ancient texts about Ishtar, the world's first goddess. Illustrated with visual artifacts of the period. "A great masterpiece of universal literature."--Mircea Eliade"A great masterpiece of universal literature."--Mircea EliadeA Full description

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 19 Dec 2001
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I picked up this book randomly from a friend's bookshelf, and read it from start to finish in a day. It begins with an evocative translation of the Sumerian myths surrounding Inanna and the hymns dedicated to her. Much care had been taken by the authors to keep the rythym of the wording constant, so it is not merely a dry translation, but has a feel and life to it. Following this is an interesting overview of Sumerian culture, and an analysis of the myths and hymns themselves. I found these two sections incredibly useful to my understanding and enjoyment of the translations.
Definitely recommended for those curious about Inanna or Sumer mythology. It is comprehensive and well-written, not merely a dry history text.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 16 July 2003
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Not just a translation of ancient Sumerian stories, but a re-writing to try and capture the rhythm and spirit of the originals, without deviating too far from the literal translation. The authors have also sought to return the stories to their original chronology and provide an insight into their deeper meaning. I found both the stories and their interpretation fascinating and totally convincing.
I have subsequently discovered one or two more stories concerning Inanna, which were not included, but despite this a delightful read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic and compassionate 9 July 2012
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As S.N. Kramer states in his excellent introduction to Sumerian `History, Culture and Literature': Sumer is the `cradle of civilization'. Its culture produced the first world literature with twenty myths, nine epic tales, more than two hundred hymns and hundreds of historiographical documents and `wisdom texts' (fables, proverbs, essays).

One of this tales is `Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth', written some 5000 years ago.
It is, by any standard, a remarkable text.
Its incantations have the power of a rhythmic cadence.
It has the images: `the agate necklace of fertility', `my vulva, the horn, the Boat of Heaven, is full of eagerness like the young moon. My untilled land lies fallow.'
It has the themes of love and sorrow, of good and evil and of life and death.
It has it symbolism: the descent of Inanna into the underworld. During her journey, she has to strip herself naked. Her body is `turned into a corpse, a piece of rotten meat, and was hung from a hook on the wall.'
It has its dream (of Demuzi) and its superb interpretation.

Diane Wolkstein wrote remarkable `Interpretations of Inanna's stories and Hymns', while Elizabeth Williams-Forte gave perfect explanations of the abundant graphic material.

All in all, this book is a splendid reconstruction of a remarkable tale.
A must for all lovers of world literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inanna 20 Jan 2014
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Some of the most beautiful poetry ever written, with a comprehensive commentary. Well worth reading just for itself, but also essential to any profound understanding of the development of modern Western culture.
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