The Last Quest Of Gilgamesh

Paperback | March 26, 1999

byLudmila Zeman

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In his final quest, Gilgamesh, still mourning the death of his dear friend Enkidu, sets out to find the key to immortality. His journey is perilous. He must fight ferocious serpents and wild lions. He travels through bitterly cold caves, across scorching deserts, and over the fatal waters of the Sea of Death. Finally he arrives at the palace of Utnapishtim, the only human who knows the secret of immortality. Utnapishtim sets Gilgamesh a test to stay away for six days and seven nights, but Gilgamesh fails. His last hope, a flower of eternal youth, is eaten by the goddess Ishtar, who exacts her revenge. Finally, Enkidu comes from the underworld to show Gilgamesh true immortality: the king will be remembered for his good deeds, courage, and love for his people.

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The Last Quest of Gilgamesh retells the epic tale of the first tragic hero in world literature. The king of the city of Uruk, Gilgamesh journeys in search of everlasting life after the death of his friend, Enkidu. It's one of the oldest stories of the world, inscribed onto clay tablets in Mesopotamia more than 5,000 years ago. The epic...

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In his final quest, Gilgamesh, still mourning the death of his dear friend Enkidu, sets out to find the key to immortality. His journey is perilous. He must fight ferocious serpents and wild lions. He travels through bitterly cold caves, across scorching deserts, and over the fatal waters of the Sea of Death. Finally he arrives at the ...

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In his final quest, Gilgamesh, still mourning the death of his dear friend Enkidu, sets out to find the key to immortality. His journey is perilous. He must fight ferocious serpents and wild lions. He travels through bitterly cold caves, across scorching deserts, and over the fatal waters of the Sea of Death. Finally he arrives at the ...

Ludmila Zeman was born in the former Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Canada in 1984. She has taught art in Vancouver, created animated sequences for Sesame Street and, with her husband, made the film Lord of the Sky, an award-winning animated short. Her epic Gilgamesh trilogy won numerous awards. Her book, The First Red Maple Leaf, wa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 10.25 × 11.38 × 0.13 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887763804

ISBN - 13:9780887763809

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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The Last Quest of Gilgamesh retells the epic tale of the first tragic hero in world literature. The king of the city of Uruk, Gilgamesh journeys in search of everlasting life after the death of his friend, Enkidu. It's one of the oldest stories of the world, inscribed onto clay tablets in Mesopotamia more than 5,000 years ago. The epic of Gilgamesh embodies virtues associated with heroes — courage, compassion, loyalty, and tenacity in hardship and dedication to a vision.

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The Gilgamesh Trilogy:

“A powerful version of the Gilgamesh epic…a stirring and sad tale.”
The New Yorker