Posted by: Pepe de Murcia | January 6, 2012

Ilíada


(English version below)

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Ragendorf, Danubiana

Además de celebrar el año nuevo, esta semana he podido celebrar algo que llevo intentando desde el verano: he terminado de leer la Ilíada.

La idea original era leer una obra maestra de la literatura universal cada verano. El Quijote lo leí del tirón por primera vez en América y ahora a la orilla del Danubio le he dedicado casi 6 meses (ser padre primerizo y además uno de esos profesores que se llevan trabajo a casa para corregir no da para una gran velocidad de lectura) a la piedra angular de la literatura occidental. Y tenían razón mis profesores, todo lo que se ha escrito después ya estaba en la Ilíada: temas, argumentos, técnica de in media res, etc. Si queréis ver sangre, pasiones, engaños… y hasta aprender algo de cocina de la edad del Bronce, éste es vuestro libro.

On Writers and Books (10)

Ragendorf, Danubiana

Besides celebrating the new year, this week I could celebrate something I’ve been trying since last summer: I finished reading the Iliad.

The original idea was to read a universal literature masterpiece every summer. I read Don Quixote in one sitting for the first time in America, and now by the Danube riverside I spent almost 6 months (being a first-time father and also one of those teachers who take papers home for grading gives a very low reading speed) with the cornerstone of Western literature. And my teachers were right, everything written afterwards was already in the Iliad: topics, plots, in media res technique, etc. If you want to see blood, passion, lies… and even learn some Bronze age cooking, this is your book.

 

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