Gilgamesh is a Babylonian epic from three thousand years ago, which tells of King Gilgamesh’s deep love for the wild man Enkidu and his pursuit of immortality when Enkidu dies. It is a story about love between men; loss and grief; the confrontation with death; the destruction of nature; insomnia and restlessness; finding peace in one’s community; the voice of women; the folly of gods, heroes, and monsters—and more. Millennia after its composition, Gilgamesh continues to speak to us in myriad ways.
‘Sophus Helle’s new translation … [is] a thrilling, enchanting, desperate thing to read.’ —Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Globe
‘Looks to be the last word on this Babylonian masterpiece.’ —Michael Dirda, Washington Post