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    British classicist Emily Wilson has described Homer's “The Odyssey” as a work with particular resonance today. "It's about identity, home and belonging, and whether we can find a place of belonging only by excluding or slaughtering or enabling the death or subjugation of other people," she said in an interview with The Uncommon Muse. "It's about migration, diaspora, travel and war identity." A professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania, Wilson is the first woman to have translated this epic Greek poem into English, and will be launching a marathon, relay-style reading of “The Odyssey” in Narrowsburg (home of One Grand Books) this Saturday and Sunday.  Details at deepwaterfestival.com. For this list,  she chose ten books that "resonate in different ways with “The Odyssey.””

    Below are Emily Wilson's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    The Rosy Crucifixion: Sexus

    Henry Miller

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    To the End of the Land

    David Grossman

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    Eugene Hutz


    Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist

    Jonathan Shaw

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    Ev Williams


    Mindfulness for Beginners

    Jon Kabat-Zinn

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    The Brigadier and the Golf Widow

    John Cheever

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    Gabrielle Union


    The Autobiography of Malcom X

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    Garth Greenwell


    The Small Backs of Children

    Lidia Yuknavitch

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    Gary Shteyngart


    Remembrance of Things Past

    Marcel Proust

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    George Saunders


    Hope Against Hope

    Nadezhda Mandelstam

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