Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography (A Book that Shook the World) (BOOKS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD)

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The stories of the Trojan war and Helen of Troy, Patrolcus and Achilles, the Sirens and the Cyclops are embedded in western culture, yet readers often fail to recognise that they were made famous by two epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, and one blind poet: Homer. Starting with their inception in ancient Greece, Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey demonstrates these poems reverberate through the western canon, from the Rome of Virgil and Horace to Joyce's Dublin and Derek Walcott's Carribean, via Dante and Racine. In this lyrical and graceful book, Alberto Manguel delights in the original poems and celebrates their presence throughout history.

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Alberto Manguel is a world-renowned writer, translator and editor of literary anthologies. His works include A History of Reading, published in 1997 and his novel, Stevenson Under the Palm Trees in 2005.

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"* 'Alberto Manguel is to reading what Casanova was to sex.' Scotland on Sunday * 'Atlantic Books has achieved a publishing coup with its 'Books that Shook the World' series... short biographies of great books, securing the best people to write them and ensuring that the remit to produce compendious, clear and engaged accounts... this series is a big success.' A. C. Grayling, The Times"

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