A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events - the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement - and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in ...
A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events - the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement - and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.
New in new dust jacket. Poeta mulato das Antilhas, prêmio Nobel de literatura de 1992, Derek Walcott escreveu um poema destinado a permanecer entre os mais belos e instigantes deste século. Em Omeros , se o mar e os negros pescadores de Santa Lucia fornecem a matéria-prima, um vasto arsenal de imagens, ritmos e texturas tropicais, são os arquétipos da Ilíada e da Odisseia , as personagens míticas de Aquiles, Helena, Heitor e Filoctete (além do próprio Homero, encarnado num pescador cego, de nome Sete Mares), que definem as linhas mestras do poema. Misto de poesia, mito, romance e roteiro de cinema, Omeros é também uma meditação sobre questões cruciais do mundo contemporâneo, como a destruição da natureza, a identidade das minorias e o desenraizamento individual e coletivo. Das raízes mediterrâneas aos grandes autores da língua inglesa, passando pelo patois crioulo das Antilhas e os sons africanos que pulsam até hoje nas margens do Caribe, este é um canto universal, que funde de modo magnífico o encontro de raças, línguas e culturas que se deu nas praias americanas. […]
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Publishers Weekly, 1990-05-18 This magnificent modern epic by poet-playwright Walcott ( The Arkansas Testament ) follows the wanderings of a present-day Odysseus and the inconsolable sufferings of those who are displaced and traveling with trepidation toward their homes. Written in seven circling books and magically fluid tercets, the poem illuminates the classical past and its motifs through an extraordinary cast of contemporary characters from the island of Santa Lucia: humble fishermen Achilles, Philoctete and Hector; a feverishly beautiful house servant, Helen, who incites her own Trojan War; a local seer, Seven Seas; and the narrator himself, who wanders to the States, to Europe and back again although he knows, ``the nearer home, the deeper our fears increase, / that no house might come to meet us on our own shore.'' Singularly ambitious, and as moving as the works of its namesake, Omeros (Greek for ``Homer'') remains accessible despite its complexity and divergent strains, which include the privations of Native Americans, African natives and exiled English colonials. (July)
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