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War and the Iliad

by Simone Weil and Rachel Bespaloff ; translated by Mary McCarthy ; introduction by Christopher Benfey ; [afterword by Hermann Broch]
Format
Book
Published
New York : New York Review Books, [2005]
Language
Translated from the French
Uniform Title
Iliade, Ou, le Poème de la Force English
ISBN
1590171454, 9781590171455
Related Resources
Table of contents Publisher description
Summary
"Simone Weil's "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force" is one of her most celebrated works - an analysis of Homer's epic that presents a nightmare vision of combat as a machine in which all humanity is lost. First published on the eve of war in 1939, the essay has often been read as a pacifist manifesto. Rachel Bespaloff was a French contemporary of Weil's whose work similarly explored the complex relations between literature, religion, and philosophy. She composed her own distinctive discussion of the Iliad in the midst of World War II.
Bespaloff's account of the Iliad brings out Homer's novelistic approach to character and the existential drama of his characters' choices; it is marked, too, by a tragic awareness of how the Iliad speaks to times and places where there is no hope apart from war. This edition brings together these two influential essays for the first time."--Jacket.
Contents
  • A Tale of two Iliads / Christopher Benfey
  • The Iliad, or The poem of force / Simone Weil
  • On the Iliad / Rachel Bespaloff
  • The style of the Mythical Age / Hermann Broch.
Description
xxiii, 121 pages ; 21 cm
Notes
  • Originally published as two separate essays: L'Iliade, ou, le poème de la force / Simone Weil ; De l'Iliade / Rachel Bespaloff. Now published together and translated into English.
  • Includes bibliographical references.
Technical Details
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