Homer’s epic poem relating a bloody clash of powers transcends the centuries in the hands of translator Robert Fagles, and is transformed into an exceptional collector’s edition by Folio.
Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
Introduced by Bernard Knox
Translated by Robert Fagles
The greatest quest ever written is published as a stunning Folio edition that pairs Robert Fagles’s renowned translation with the illustrations of Grahame Baker-Smith.
After the Trojan War, Odysseus, the mythological king of the island of Ithaca, sets sail for home, where his wife Penelope and young son Telemachus await him. But with the god Poseidon keeping a hostile eye, Odysseus’ journey is fraught with perils. For ten years he struggles against new enemies and adversities, storm and shipwreck. When he finally reaches home disguised as a beggar, it is to face more treachery and even greater danger.
Presented in a striking, quarter-bound buckram binding, this edition takes the renowned translation of Robert Fagles. Its focus on contemporary English phrasing and idioms results in an eloquent and engrossing read that will appeal to those familiar with Homer, as well as new readers. As befits the era, there is mythological allusion in Grahame Baker-Smith’s illustrations, while the Homeric tragedy and the nuances of this translation are discussed by classicist Bernard Knox in an introduction that ensures this edition should be on every collector’s shelf.
Quarter-bound in buckram with printed cloth sides
Set in Monotype Centaur
Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations
Printed map endpapers
10˝ x 6¾˝
The Building Blocks of modern literature
‘Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns
Driven time and again off course, once he had plundered
The hallowed heights of Troy’
Contained within Homer’s epic story are the seeds from which modern literature grew. The series of dramatic, often symbolic encounters – with the Lotus Eaters, the Cyclops, the Sirens, the fearsome crags of Scylla and Charybdis – still resonate today, and his incredible voyage is as exciting and involving as any of its imitators. Often grouped with The Iliad as a sequel to the epic war poem, this is Homer delving deeper into the psyche of his protagonist. He pushes Odysseus to the brink of human endurance before he is finally allowed back home to face an even greater challenge.
‘If stranded on a desert island, I’d want with me The Odyssey. . . the perfect book with which to dream of homecomings’
- Kazuo Ishiguro
A successful literary partnership
Robert Fagles worked with world-renowned classicist and author Bernard Knox on a number of books throughout his career (The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid). The combination of expertise on Greek literature and ancient history resulted in Fagles’s extremely well received translations, supported by Knox’s extensive research on the context, language considerations and points of translation. Their work was the natural choice for our edition and it complements Homer’s Iliad, as a bookshelf companion to create a superb set for collectors.