An Iliad by Alessandro Baricco

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A bold re-imagining of our civilization’s greatest tale of war, from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Silk.

In An Iliad, Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of twenty-one Homeric characters, in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination. 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. 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.


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About Alessandro Baricco

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Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958 and still makes his home there. The author of four previous novels, he has won the Prix Médicis Étranger in France and the Selezione Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo al Bosco prizes in Italy.
 
Published December 10, 2008 by Vintage. 178 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The story is told piecemeal, as a kind of oral history spoken (from beyond the grave) by the combatants, their sorrowing women and such peripheral characters as the Nurse who describes Hector’s dismissal of his wife Andromache’s prophetic fears, “The River,” which relates the single combat betwee...

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Its oldest surviving manuscript fragments date only to the second or third century B.C., but the “Iliad” came into being much earlier, in the eighth century B.C., and came to be attributed about a century later to a poet named Homer.

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The original “Iliad” runs to more than 15,000 lines, but this slender version, rewritten by an Italian novelist, gives us the whole Trojan War in under 5,000.

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Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography, by Alberto Manguel (304pp, Atlantic, £12.99) An Iliad, by Alessandro Baricco, translated by Ann Goldstein (208pp, Canongate, £10.99) As a student of classics I was always struck and puzzled by the contrast between Homer's almost godlike stature amon...

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He adds only a few modern reflections to the character's thoughts: old Nestor, for instance, plays with the paradox that the young have an "old idea of war," which entails honor, beauty and glory, while the old take up new ways to fight simply in order to win.

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Historical Novel Society

Priam, Hector’s father, approaches Achilles and begs him to return Hector’s body for proper burial.

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