It is with a frisson of disbelief that Ampersand Press finally announces the publication of the first part of The Epic of Gilgamesh. The road has been long–12 years–and the moments of doubt many, but here is presented the opening 1,500 lines of Gilgamesh. The book is currently available on-line
Readers will be wondering why they shouldn’t wait for the completed edition of the story., which is due spring to fall of next year. The short answer is: a year is a long time to wait, and since it will in all likelihood be about 4,500 lines long, why not order the first third now and savor the writing?
Just a thought (or maybe even a suggestion). Heck, AP even advises its readers to buy the book. This version, available online at Lulu.com (and in 6 weeks, from Amazon and Barnes & Noble (say, by mid-June), reads continuously and includes material that focuses on the Epic’s hidden theme: the struggle between men and women for power (the Goddess Inanna is a character in the story).
Yesterday Ampersand Press got out its first print edition of Gilgamesh; this book includes tablets 1-4 with an introduction. The initial response was good and AP hopes to sell out its first trial run (50 copies) in the next couple of weeks.
Publishing a major excerpt like this is definitely a milestone, and of course there are the other books to work on. Not to mention Kindle and Lulu…AP will keep you updated as it moves along the publication milestones.
Wow! Amazing to see it in print!
(p.s. and yes, the press decided to add tablet 4 to its edition at the last minute…more work, but more to read, too!)
Photo: Mace dedicated to Gilgamesh (end of the 3rd Millennium); Louvre Museum; WikiCmns; Public Domain.