An Iliad

An Iliad

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.

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.



Baker & Taylor
The best-selling author of Silk re-creates the events of the siege of Troy through the voices and perspectives of twenty-one Homeric characters, capturing the motives, events, emotions, and drama of the era through the eyes of Andromache, Patroclus, Priam, and others, in a literary novel based on Homer's epic work. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

Re-creates the events of the siege of Troy through the voices and perspectives of twenty-one Homeric heroes, capturing the motives, events, emotions, and drama of the era through the eyes of such characters as Andromache, Patroclus, Priam, and Achilles.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
ISBN: 9780307263551
030726355X
Branch Call Number: FIC BAR
Characteristics: 158 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Goldstein, Ann 1949-

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