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Euripides: Medea [Hardcover]

Euripides , Robin Robertson

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Book Description

September 2008
A bold new translation of Euripedes’s shockingly modern classic work by Forward Prize-winning poet, Robin Robertson.
Medea has been abandoned by her husband. Jason, for whom she has sacrificed so much, has left her and their two children for a younger woman. Strong-willed and fiercely intelligent, Medea turns her formidable energies to exacting the most horrifying revenge possible on those who have injured her.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Free Pr (September 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416592237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416592235
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,260,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The purpose of translation is to set a play free. This is just what Robin Robertson does. In his lucid, free-running verse, Medea's power is released into the world, fresh and appalling, in words that seem spoken for the first time." -- Anne Enright "The greatest works demand constant re-translation to meet the changing culture of the age, and Robin Robertson has given us a Medea fit for our times; his elegant and lucid free translation of Euripides' masterpiece manages the trick of sounding wholly contemporary but never merely 'modern' - and will be an especially lucky discovery for those encountering the play for the first time." -- Don Paterson "Robertson is master of the dark and wounded, the torn complexities of human relations, and Medea offers a perfect match for his sensibilities. This is an urgent, contemporary and eloquent translation" -- A.L. Kennedy "This version of Medea is vivid, strong, readable, and brings triumphantly into modern focus the tragic sensibility of the ancient Greeks" -- John Banville "His version of Medea feels newly minted thanks to the pitch perfection of his linguistic choices. Robertson's skill lies in bringing the words of a long dead Greek to life, not merely to live but to cavort in the mind's ear" Scotland on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Euripides is thought to have lived between 485 and 406 BC. He is considered to be one of the three great dramatists of Ancient Greece, alongside Aeschylus and Sophocles. He is particularly admired by modern audiences and readers for his astute and balanced depiction of human behavior. Medea is his most famous work.

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. He has received a number of honors for his poetry, including the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His third book, Swithering, won the 2006 Forward Prize for Best Collection. He lives and works in London.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh and Wonderful Translation of a Great Story Nov. 6 2009
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This thoroughly modern translation of Euripides' tale of a woman scorned's revenge will open up this classic to a whole new generation of readers. Readers will feel all the raw emotion of Medea as she develops her plans of vengeance against Jason who has dumped her in favor of a much younger woman. But this is no simple tale of a wife wronged by her husband, for Medea herself is no innocent when it comes to allowing nothing to stand in the way of what she wants. Yes, Jason is an ungrateful and self-centered wretch but does he deserve what Medea has in mind for him? Readers will undoubtedly have strong reactions. The author's inclusion of the backstory of Jason and Medea, as well as an explanation of the role of the Chorus in a Greek play of the time will greatly increase understanding and therefore enjoyment of this enduring work.
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinario estudio psicológico. Aug. 12 2014
By Jorge Doehner - Published on
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Para entender bien la obra de Medea, es muy importante haber leído antes "Los Argonautas" escrito por Apollonius de Rhodas...
El libro "Medea" ( escrito por Eurípides) está muy bien escrito, y lo disfruté enormemente, gracias en gran parte a la excelente traducción que hace que la fuerza íntegra del texto nos llegue a los lectores.
Impresionante el que hace tantos Siglos ya hubiera "carga psicológica" tan avanzada..., y que la fuerza mental estaba mucho más en Medea que en el pobrecito Jason.....
5.0 out of 5 stars i like it June 21 2014
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it was totally new. from today i am going to buy used books. they are cgeaper and in the same high quality
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trandslation June 25 2012
By Jimmah - Published on
I used this edition in my ninth grade writing class. The school is inner-city, lots of troubled teens. We used it as a case where humiliation forces people into desperate acts. They saw how failing to notice a person's humanity breeds inhumanity.

The translation is perfect for instruction at the high school level.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipping Oct. 30 2013
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Less expensive than most sites. The translation is the one that I needed for my class. Arrived on time! Early even!

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