Achilles Once Again Visits the Republic of Korea

An Unconventional Translation of Homer’s Iliad

Poetry - General
390 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Achilles Once Again Visits the Republic of Korea: An Unconventional Translation of Homer’s Iliad is a work of fiction in the poetry genre, aimed at all ages, and was penned by author Michael Klauke. The book is the result of an experiment in modern translation technology, taking the very familiar tale of Homer’s Iliad and using translation software to create a new interpretation of the text by filtering the original text through several other languages before ending up at English. The result is a humorous variation of the tale rife with linguistic misunderstandings and cultural confusion as modern idioms pepper the classical text.

The enthusiasm of war! I can honestly say I have never read a book like this before, and the virtue of its unique humor and style alone would certainly make me recommend it to readers of all kinds. Author Michael Klauke becomes the curator of our experience, presenting the text in its transformed state and encouraging us to dive into the weird world of this new adventure with him. Being a fan of the original works of Homer, it was delightful to see the old mesh with new and surprising turns of phrase and sudden events. The narrative is winding and complex, as one may expect, but I found that this was one of those novels I could pick up and enjoy a section of at any time of the day as bite-sized entertainment. Overall, Achilles Once Again Visits the Republic of Korea is a recommended read for people with an interest in surreal linguistic experiments and classic Greek stories.