A New Rendering in English Verse
by David Ferry
Reviewed December 7, 2002.
The Noonday Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1992.
Available at Sembach Library (811 FER)
It’s amazing what you can find on the back library shelves.
I was working in the back of the library and saw this volume, in a convenient
paperback edition, and couldn’t resist checking it out. I confess
that my interest was piqued by Jean-Luc Picard of “Star Trek: Next
Generation.” He quotes it in one episode as the first great epic that humans
This ancient Sumerian poem tells the story of a warrior king who may
have lived about 5,000 years ago. The author of this volume did not
translate the story but used existing translations and scholarship to
put the story into readable English poetry. The book doesn’t take
long to read, and is a haunting and beautiful old story of friendship.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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