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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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    Jeanette Winterson


    Invisible Cities

    Italo Calvino

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    Phoebe Robinson



    Jean Toomer

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    James Ivory



    Sjeng Scheijen

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    George Saunders


    Hope Against Hope

    Nadezhda Mandelstam

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    Trevor Noah


    Native Life in South Africa

    Sol Plaatje

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    Chelsea Handler


    Man’s Search for Meaning

    Viktor Frankl

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    Jo Nesbø

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    Vladimir Nabokov

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    Gloria Steinem


    Dark Matter

    Robin Morgan

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    Tom Perrotta


    The Autobiography of Malcom X

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