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Just saw an amazing production at Berkeley Repertory Theater. The play is called An Illiad. It is a re-telling of The Illiad as a single monologue, just as it was intended to be performed. In fact, it is implied that the narrator is Homer. But it is a Homer that has survived the millenia since the war, and has been telling it over and over, until the power of it has shattered him. Now he tries to make a modern audience understand what happened.

It is powerful, brutal and absolutely true to the original. In fact, it is like reading the original, and much of it is taken directly from Fagle's wonderful translation. Get thee to the theater and see it!
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The production sounds interesting, but I'd hesitate to call Fagles' translation "wonderful," any more than I'd say that about Lombardo's, which Fagles' imitates.
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