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Omero, Iliade

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,430 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews

A bold reimagining of our civilization’s greatest tale of war, by the author of the acclaimed best seller Silk.

Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of twenty-one Homeric characters in the narrative idiom of our modern imagination. Sacrificing none of Homer’s panoramic scope, Baricco forgoes Homeric detachment and admits us to realms of subject

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Paperback, 168 pages
Published May 2005 by Mondolibri (first published September 2004)
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Carmine
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La tristezza è il nostro destino: ma è per questo che le nostre vite saranno cantate per sempre, da tutti gli uomini che verranno.

La personale rivisitazione dell'Iliade da parte di Baricco permette di rendere accessibile un'opera non così immediata e questo non può che essere un pregio.
La vicenda viene chiaramente rimaneggiata ed adattata per esigenze editoriali, ma tutto ciò non preclude gli ottimi spunti ereditati direttamente da Omero e riproposti con la medesima forza anche qui.
Degna di not
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Kristijan
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Srdžbu mi, Bariko, pevaj Ahileja, Peleju sina,
Pogubnu, kojano zada Ahejcima hiljade jada,
Snažne je duše mnogih junaka ona k Aidu
Poslala, a njih je same učinila plen da budu
Psima i pticama gozba; a Zeusu se vršaše volja,
Otkad se behu onomad razdvojili posle svađe
Atrejev sin, junacima kralj, i divni Ahilej.

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I ispeva Bariko srdžbu Pelejovog snažnog sina,
Uzdižući hrabrost zaraćenih strana do visina,
Troje i suprotstavljenih gradova grčkih iz davnina.
Čitajući i ponovo pišući taj klasičan grčki
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Giorgia
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rivivere le atmosfere di quest’opera epica è sempre un piacere, ma l’esperienza è resa ancora più memorabile dalla sapiente scrittura dell’autore, in grado di rievocare con ancora più forza sentimenti e sensazioni. A tratti straziante, una lettura che tutti dovrebbero fare.
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This is supposed to be like a chess game: two armies clashing in a fixed, designated field of battle with the gods watching and meddling with their affairs, like players moving the warring chess pieces. Many consider reading the original, however, to be a much daunting task of epic proportions (in the first place, the original is an epic poem, he, he) so what Alessandro Baricco did was to remove the gods from the story, condensed everything and tried to make it as short as his masterpiece Silk ( ...more
☕Laura
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Ratings (1 to 5)
Writing: 4
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
Emotional impact: 3
Overall rating: 3.75

Favorite quotes: "A real, prophetic, and courageous ambition for peace I see only in the patient and secret work of millions of artists who every day work to create another kind of beauty." p.158

Petergiaquinta
Reading Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad made me think of this book, a re-imagining of the events surrounding Homer's Iliad (and a bit of The Odyssey) as told through the voices of a number of the characters. I pulled this book off the "new" shelf at my public library, so I probably read it in 2006. It's okay, and if you like Homer then I assume you'd more or less like what Baricco is trying to do here. Nonetheless, there seem to be a number of diehard Iliad fanatics on GoodReads who are troubled by ...more
Sara
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Così recita l'enciclopedia Treccani:

gigióne s. m. (f., non com., -a) [accr. di Gigi, ipocoristico di Luigi]. –

1. Originariamente, nel gergo teatrale, scherzoso appellativo usato nel piccolo mondo di artisti che vivevano ai margini del teatro lirico milanese per designare una caricaturale figura di cantante sfiatato, soddisfatto di sé, vanaglorioso, sempre pronto a ricordare immaginarî trionfi, incline a un abbigliamento pretenziosamente originale e alle espressioni toscaneggianti (l’attore mila
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Silvery
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads, fiction
Le doy cuatro estrellas. Me pareció muy corto...
La iniciativa de Baricco por leer La Ilíada en público me parece una excelente idea, aunque este no podía extenderse mucho en el poema. En este libro se relata el el noveno y décimo año de los aqueos en Troya.

"La tristeza es nuestro destino: pero es por esto por lo que nuestras vidas serán cantadas para siempre, por todos los hombres que vendrán".

Las cinco estrellas las merece Homero.
Rachel
One day, Alessandro Baricco decided that it would be of general benefit to the world at large for him to take an uninspired prose translation of The Iliad (the epic poem generally acknowledged as one of the greatest works in all literature), strip from it the stylistic quirks that make it so entirely fascinating, excise all references to the gods who formed such an integral part of the Greek consciousness, change all of it to first person, and add randomly, generic anti-war statements scattered ...more
cambiosdenombre
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatura
"Decir y enseñar que la guerra es un infierno y nada más es una mentira nociva. Por muy atroz que pueda sonar, es necesario acordarse de que la guerra es un infierno, pero bello."

"Por ello, la tarea de un pacifismo verdadero tendría que ser hoy no tanto demonizar hasta el exceso la guerra, sino comprender que sólo cuando seamos capaces de otra belleza podremos prescindir de la que la guerra, desde siempre, nos ofrece."
Simona Bartolotta
Feb 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Achille si alzò. Tutti tacquero. "Agamennone", disse. "Non è stata una grande idea litigare, io e te, per una ragazza."
"Che, no' facemo 'n bicchierino e ne damo 'na calmata, eh?"

Ma cos'è?
Libros Prohibidos
Recomendable "sampler" de la gran epopeya. Reseña completa:

http://www.libros-prohibidos.com/ales...
Italo  Perazzoli
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Iliad
Author: Homer
Adapted By: Alessandro Baricco
Publisher: La Feltrinelli - Milan
Pages: 162
Review
This is a simplified version of the Iliad, written by Homer, it is like a theatrical representation, where at the center there is the masculine innate love for the war as a synonym of virility, beauty and attraction for the evil and the love for Elena.
In the shadows of this poem, it is clear that the women are more rationals rather than the man, because the masculine ego is summarised in this
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Alessia Simoni
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Della genesi di Omero, Iliade di Baricco si è parlato tantissimo ai tempi in cui il libro uscì. Nasce infatti dalla considerazione che l'Iliade era, in principio, un poema trasmesso oralmente (nella versione di Omero, infatti, ricorrono varie volte alcune formule o gruppi di parole il cui scopo era agevolare la memoria degli aedi); la sua lunghezza, però, impedirebbe oggi come oggi di farne una lettura pubblica - di trasmetterla oralmente, appunto - senza stancare un pubblico magari anche digiun ...more
Adair
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The novel is the epic of a world deserted by the gods.”

It is this statement by Lukács that inspired Alessandro Baricco, the bestselling author of Without Blood and Silk, to make the great Homeric poem of the Trojan War contemporary. By stripping away the skirmishing, the whimsicality, and the petty meddling of Zeus and the other gods, Baricco transforms a story that has haunted Western cultures for thousands of years. It is surprisingly accessible.

In an attempt to create a story less archaic th
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Jane
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, troy
Interesting premise: the author stripped down the Iliad of Homer and told the story from the 1st person viewpoints of many of the characters, plus the river. It began with Chryseis, kidnapped by Agamemnon, and how she was returned to her father. The war progressed, in the voices of many important and unimportant characters. In an epilogue, a bard told of the Trojan Horse and how Troy was finally captured, by stealth. There were no "dei ex machinae"; the novel concentrated on the action and the c ...more
GONZA
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bignamino dell'Iliade ad uso e consumo di studenti pigri e gente come me che non se la ricordava bene, soltanto che, levati gli dei per rendere il tutto piú breve e scorrevole (parole dell'autore nell'introduzione), non é che avanzi tanto oltre ad una serie di elenchi di morti e feriti da entrambe le parti....
Cristina
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Con esta adaptación para lectura en público, Baricco consigue acercarnos la Ilíada a nuestros días. Los personajes ahora nos relatan en primera persona lo que acontece con sus voces, que resuenan en nuestra mente como actores de teatro. Sin duda, una excepcional manera de adentrarnos por primera vez a la épica homérica, que nos permitirá leer el original con mayor entendimiento.
May
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro. Para los que les gusta la mitología griega y sus clásicos, es otra visión de la Ilíada basado en el original. Su estructura se destaca por ser los personajes quienes cuentan la historia. Cierra con un buen ensayo de Baricco sobre la guerra.
Celeste
Oct 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Premetto che sto leggendo Baricco solo ed esclusivamente per il fatto che mi hanno assegnato questo libro da leggere per scuola,altrimenti sfrutterei il mio tempo libero per leggere libri di autori che veramente mi affascinano.
Terry Calafato
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Un riassunto della versione che ho letto poco tempo fa. Un po' deludente. Resta il fatto che la storia è sempre quella e attira inevitabilmente la mia attenzione...
Stefany Farias
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probablemente nunca había entendido la Ilíada de esta manera. Baricco entrega una narración "moderna" a partir de Homero, reflejando la belleza de la guerra, y también una forma de entender la paz.
Sylvia
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Osadía deliciosamente lograda.
Tarantino querría hacerla película si Tarantino leyera a Homero, claro.
Mark Trenier
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent way to get the spirit of Homer's Iliad. The language had a simplicity and beauty that would have kept the ancient Greeks enthralled. I highly suggest you give this book a try.
Orchidea Fantasma
Finire questo libro è stata una fatica. E non perché non mi piaccia la prosa di Baricco, anzi; né per la mutilazione della parte recitata dagli dei, che è una scelta narrativa e ci può stare, considerando l'intento dell'autore. Di base, per quanto mi riguarda il vero problema di questo libro è uno solo, ma è un problema talmente ENORME da avermelo rovinato dalla prima all'ultima pagina: Alessà, io ti voglio bene, tu lo sai, ma oggi invoco il dio della focalizzazione interna perché ti punisca. La ...more
Laia Bárber
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Homero, Ilíada
Alessandro Baricco
Por Laia Bárber

“Todo empezó en un día de violencia.
Hacía nueve años que los aqueos asediaban Troya”…
Homero, Ilíada de Alessandro Baricco

Nuestra fascinación por las armas y el combate ha sido plasmada en una miríada de obras de arte. Desde la plástica hasta la escultura, pasando por el cine, la literatura y la música, este culto ha inspirado infinidad de creaciones dolorosas. Baricco pregunta en el capítulo intitulado Otra belleza. Apostilla sobre la guerra de su
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Jaime Leguizamon
Fenomenal, sencillamente eso.
Santa
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ellīgi skaisti aprakstīta skaistā elle.
Gerard Vila
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baricco
Aproximación al clásico con el punto de vista mágico de Baricco. Worth reading.
B.R. Sanders
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
There is a thing I do not exactly intentionally: sometimes I’ll seek out new musicians by listening to covers of my favorite songs. It’s a way of being able to listen to the music and the voice without worrying about the content. I already know I like what they’re singing—the question becomes do I like how they’re singing it. Alessandro Baricco’s AN ILIAD is, I think, the first time I’ve applied this technique to the written word. That is, I knew the story Baricco was going to tell me before I k ...more
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Alessandro Baricco is a popular Italian writer, director and performer. His novels have been translated into a wide number of languages, and include Lands of Glass, Silk, Ocean Sea, City, and Without Blood. His theatrical monologue, Novecento, was adapted into film, titled The Legend of 1900.

He currently lives in Rome with his wife and two sons.
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