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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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    Nigella Lawson

    $176.94

    Blood, Bones and Butter

    Gabrielle Hamilton

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    Jeanette Winterson

    $221.65

    Invisible Cities

    Italo Calvino

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    Phoebe Robinson

    $144.80

    Cane

    Jean Toomer

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    James Ivory

    $195.75

    Diaghilev

    Sjeng Scheijen

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    George Saunders

    $164.69

    Hope Against Hope

    Nadezhda Mandelstam

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    Trevor Noah

    $151.87

    Native Life in South Africa

    Sol Plaatje

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    Chelsea Handler

    $153.86

    On Booze

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Jo Nesbø

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    Gentlemen

    Klas Ôstergren

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    Gloria Steinem

    $162.84

    Dark Matter

    Robin Morgan

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