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Beowulf: A New Translation by [Maria Dahvana Headley]
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Beowulf: A New Translation Kindle Edition

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"[The Mere Wife] includes some tantalizing snippets of Beowulf as translated by Headley. Now we have the full version, and it is electrifying . . . It is brash and belligerent, lunatic and envigorating, with passages of sublime poetry punctuated by obscenities and social-media shorthand." ―Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker

"I have a lot of things to say about Maria Dahvana Headley's new book, Beowulf . . . The first thing I need to tell you is that you have to read it now. No, I don't care if you've read Beowulf (the original) before . . . I don't care what you think of when you think of Beowulf in any of its hundreds of other translations because this ― this ― version, Headley's version, is an entirely different thing. It is its own thing." ―Jason Sheehan, NPR Books

"Bold . . . Electrifying."
Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"This new translation of Beowulf brings the poem to profane, funny, hot-blooded life . . . Lively and vigorous . . . I've never read a Beowulf that felt so immediate and so alive." ―Constance Grady, Vox

"The author of the crazy-cool Beowulf-inspired novel The Mere Wife tackles the Old English epic poem with a fierce new feminist translation that radically recontextualizes the tale."
Barbara VanDenburgh, USA Today

"Of the four translations I’ve read, Headley’s is the most readable and engaging. She combines a modern poetry style with some of the hallmarks of Old English poetry, and the words practically sing off the page . . . Headley’s translation shows why it’s vital to have women and people from diverse backgrounds translate texts." ―Margaret Kingsbury, Buzzfeed

"An iconic work of early English literature comes in for up-to-the-minute treatment . . . From the very opening of the poem--'Bro!' in the place of the sturdy Saxon exhortation 'Hwaet'--you know this isn't your grandpappy's version of Beowulf . . . Headley's language and pacing keep perfect track with the events she describes . . . [giving] the 3,182-line text immediacy without surrendering a bit of its grand poetry." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Headley brings a directness, intensity, and rhythm to her translation that I haven’t seen before. This is what it must have felt like to sit in a mead hall and listen to a scop tell the tale. Other translations may be more scholarly, literal, or true to the poetic form of the original, but it’s been a thousand years since Beowulf was this accessible or exciting." ―Steve Thomas, The Fantasy Hive

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Maria Dahvana Headley is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and editor. Her novels include Magonia, Aerie, and Queen of Kings, and she has also written a memoir, The Year of Yes. With Kat Howard, she is the author of The End of the Sentence, and with Neil Gaiman, she is co-editor of Unnatural Creatures. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony and by Arte Studio Ginestrelle, where the first draft of The Mere Wife was written. She was raised with a wolf and a pack of sled dogs in the high desert of rural Idaho, and now lives in Brooklyn. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 916 KB
  • Publication Date : August 25, 2020
  • Publisher : MCD x FSG Originals (August 25, 2020)
  • Print Length : 178 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • ASIN : B07HF1Y4D4
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 77 ratings