War Music

War Music

A remarkable hybrid of translation, adaptation, and invention

Picture the east Aegean sea by night,

And on a beach aslant its shimmering

Upwards of 50,000 men

Asleep like spoons beside their lethal Fleet.

“Your life at every instant up for— / Gone. / And, candidly, who gives a toss? / Your heart beats strong. Your spirit grips,” writes Christopher Logue in his original version of Homer’s Iliad, the uncanny “translation of translations” that won ecstatic… (more)

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In “War Music,” Christopher Logue has worked from what is still the greatest story of war ever told and created a vivid and fresh poem in a language he knew very well, indeed.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 05, 2016)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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