Inanna: A New English Version by Kim EchlinInanna: A New English Version by Kim Echlin

Inanna: A New English Version

byKim Echlin

Paperback | August 4, 2015

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Inanna, a goddess of ancient Mesopotamia, was worshipped around 1800 BCE by our ancestors in the land that is now modern-day Iraq. But who was she? Who were her followers? And what did her stories mean for their lives? Lost for millennia, Inanna’s stories were buried and forgotten, unearthed by archaeologists only recently, around the turn of the 19th century. Their translation has been a remarkable work of collaboration by scholars from disparate parts of the globe, as fragments of stone tablets were pieced together and the symbols on them recorded, transliterated, and interpreted. And although we still know relatively little about this ancient time, a picture of this extraordinary figure has slowly begun to emerge, through the painstaking work of these dedicated scholars: Inanna the creator, Inanna the destroyer; the leader, the warrior, the lover, the friend. Inanna was a guiding light for her followers, a commanding symbol of justice and honour, and her stories have much to teach a contemporary readership about love, power, independence, and compassion. Now, these stories are brought to vivid, visceral life by beloved Canadian author Kim Echlin, who brings her trademark passion and poet’s sensibility to the translation of the Inanna myth. With a new introduction and comprehensive notes, this new English version renders Inanna’s powerful story accessible and captivating for a new generation of eager readers.
Award-winning author Kim Echlin lives in Toronto. She is the author of Elephant Winter and Dagmar’s Daughter, and her third novel, The Disappeared, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction. Her most recent novel is Under the Visible Life.
Title:Inanna: A New English VersionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.17 × 5.28 × 0.68 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143194585

ISBN - 13:9780143194583

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from You can't judge a book by its cover! Ancient civilizations intrigue me and seeing a story about this Sumerian goddess of love and war in the Globe and Mail made it necessary for me to buy this book. It turns out that the image on the cover of the book is a later rendition of the goddess as Ishtar. If I could have had one wish it would have been for illustrations relevant to the society which worshipped Inanna. Fortunately, there is much material on the worldwide web and I gained a greater appreciation for the Sumerian people and their achievements with these verses about Inanna as my starting point. One particular passage stood out for me. Inanna forced her way into the underworld and was killed by the goddess ruling there and her skin hung upon a tree for three days before her advisor followed her into the underworld and brought the sacred water and plant to revive her. As a Christian, I could not help but see a parallel in the death of Christ on a "tree" and his rising from the dead on the third day. A thought provoking book and not quite what I expected, but a very worthwhile read nonetheless.
Date published: 2015-12-21