Gilgamesh (Google eBook)

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John Gardner
Random House LLC, Sep 28, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the lyricism that is lost in the earlier, almost scientific renderings. The principal theme of the poem is a familiar one: man's persistent and hopeless quest for immortality. It tells of the heroic exploits of an ancient ruler of the walled city of Uruk named Gilgamesh. Included in its story is an account of the Flood that predates the Biblical version by centuries. Gilgamesh and his companion, a wild man of the woods named Enkidu, fight monsters and demonic powers in search of honor and lasting fame. When Enkidu is put to death by the vengeful goddess Ishtar, Gilgamesh travels to the underworld to find an answer to his grief and confront the question of mortality.


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BkC2) THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH: Not sorry I read it, but what a slog. The Book Report: Evil King Gilgamesh is hatefully cruel to the citizens of Uruk, his kingdom. The gods, hearing the cries of his ... Read full review

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Contents

PREFACE
IntroductionTHE ONE WHOSAW THE ABYSS
GILGAMESH
TABLET I
TABLET II
TABLET III
TABLET IV
TABLET V
TABLET VII
TABLET VIII
TABLET IX
TABLET X
TABLET XI
TABLET XII
AppendixTRANSLATING GILGAMESH
ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS

TABLET VI

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Thriller writer John Gardner (1926-2007) had fifty-five books to his credit when he died, many of them bestsellers, including his Professor James Moriarty novels, which Pegasus Books is proud to re-introduce after forty years.

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