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From the PublisherOne of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books from 2011
“Mitchell's updating has resulted in a livelier, more contemporary feel for this epic of world literature… The result is a faster-moving story… make room for this one on the shelf as an intriguing variation on a familiar story.”
“Mitchell's Iliad is slimmer and leaner than anything we have seen before, and is by far the most swift-footed in recent memory....His strong five-beat rhythm is arguably the best yet in English."
“Propulsive, muscular rendering.”
"Mitchell has been widely hailed for his masterful translations and this one, I think, will be regarded as the capstone of his reputation.”
"Mitchell’s Iliad powerfully communicates the spirit and the spectacle of the classic story ...brings fresh life to the tale…"
"Thrillingly recounts a big war...."
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“The verse is well-forged and clean-limbed, and achieves a powerful simplicity. Mitchell ... renders fresh some of the greatest insights into humanity we have…. He has re-energised the Iliad for a new generation.”
"The ‘rock star’ of translators produces a daring new version of the epic poem... An action-packed... contemporary rendition... [Mitchell] brings ... ancient languages to the masses, upsetting established scholars."