August 29, 2006
no more gods
Zeus would not approve. In Wolfgang Petersen's 2004 movie ``Troy" and now in ``An Iliad" (Knopf), the new novelization of Homer's epic by the bestselling Italian author Alessandro Baricco, we find no gods -- none. No Hera or Aphrodite; no limping Hephaestus or weed-bearded Poseidon; the whole fractious, horny, and meddlesome crew is simply...not there.
The omissions in ``Troy" we can probably forgive; a swords-and-sandals blockbuster like that, swirling in money and policed no doubt by militant producers, might just not have had room for visions or divine entries. But the godlessness of Baricco's ``An Iliad" is more considered and programmatic: Homer's Olympians ``are probably the aspect of the poem most extraneous to a modern sensibility and often break up the narrative, diffusing a momentum that should rightly be palpable," he writes in an introductory note. ``I wouldn't have removed them if I'd been convinced they were necessary."
more from Boston Globe Ideas here.
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