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Gilgamesh by Herbert Mason
Publisher (English): Mariner Books (2003 ed.), Houghton Mifflin & Harcourt, 128pp.
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Also available Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in paperback and e-book

2003 Edition

"Herbert Mason's best-selling Gilgamesh is the most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of love and death, loss and reparations within the stirring tale of a hero-king and his doomed friend. A finalist for the National Book Award, Mason's retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, a masterpiece of style, and a labor of love that grew out of the poet's long affinity with the original." (

Original Edition

"A moving, personal and yet remarkably faithful version of the ancient epic in modern idiom." ~ John Marks, Princeton University.

"This poem will be read with profit and joy for generations to come." ~ William Alfred, Harvard University.

Dino Cavallari

Original cover art by Dino Cavallari

Arabic Edition