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Hay Festival (UK) The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

  • Hay Festival Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road Hay on Wye UK (map)

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating HomerSunday 27 May 2018, 4pm Venue: Oxfam Moot

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travelers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Earlier Event: May 26
The Bath Festival (UK)
Later Event: June 15
One Grand Books (Narrowsburg, NY)