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Gilgamesh Paperback – 6 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861977980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861977984
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephen Mitchell's Gilgamesh is a wonderful version. It is as eloquent and nuanced as his translations of Rilke. This is certainly the best that I have seen in English. (Harold Bloom)

Stephen Mitchell's fresh new rendition of mankind's oldest recorded myth is quite wonderful in its limpidity and the immediacy of its live emotions. (Peter Mathiessen)

Very readable. (James Fenton The Guardian)

This is the most pellucid version of the epic yet to have been written in English, but what is most startling and admirable about it is the fact that Mitchell has not sacrificed a sense of the weird on the altar of readability. (Tom Holland Daily Telegraph)

Mitchell produces what should become recognised as the standard text. Read it and sense all the wisdom and complexity of the original before film-makers now planning a screen version get their hands on it. Let it settle down into your imaginative depths. (Rachel Campbell-Johnston The Times)

It was a revelation. The translation is superb. (Harold Pinter)

As narrative verse, this Gilgamesh entrances and enthrals. Its liquid, intimate four-stressed lines negotiate the rapid shifts between everyday pleasures, heroic feats and blazing visions in this mythic world where the sensual and spiritual always intersect. Mitchell manages to slip the mesmerising incantations of the verse into his reader's bloodstream as if they flowed through some poetic intravenous drip. (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

Reading Stephen Mitchell's marvellously clear and vivid rendering of Gilgamesh makes me feel that I am encountering this ancient poem for the first time. (Elaine Pagels)

Beautifully retold and a page-turner in the bargain. Like Seamus Heaney's recent retelling of Beowulf, this book proves that in the right hands, no great story ever grows stale. (Malcolm Jones Newsweek)

This is the most pellucid version of the epic yet to have been written in English, but what is most startling and admirable about it is the fact that Mitchell has not sacrificed a sense of the weird on the altar of readability ... a powerful translation. (The Times)

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The poet and translator Stephen Mitchell makes the oldest epic poem in the world accessible.

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