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Beowulf (Bilingual Edition) - Seamus Heaney

Beowulf (Bilingual Edition)

By Seamus Heaney

  • Release Date: 2001-02-17
  • Genre: Poetry
Score: 4
From 236 Ratings


New York Times bestseller and winner of the Costa Book Award.

Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface. Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader.


  • Great text, worthless copy

    By Fishforfeet
    This E-book is worthless. It lost track of my place every time I closed it once I got the the English translation. I had to highlight a word to keep track. When I had about 50 pages left, it thought the book was complete and popped up adds for other books every few page flips. Maddening.
  • Beowulf Sample

    By Xyz123:)
    I wanted to read a sample of Healey’s translation. BUT the sample reading was 37 pages of the introduction. I never got a chance to actually read the text.
  • Good modern translation

    By TacoMauri_96
    Very easy to digest I loved it 😍😍😍
  • They have fixed the missing Old English part

    By Rebecita
    This is awesome! I couldn't get through the version in my textbook, and this one made me read it for fun.:) By the way, this book does now include the old English.
  • Where's the "bilingual" part?

    By Mudflaps
    It's touted as a "bilingual" edition. It isn't. The sample only shows the introduction. If you're looking for the Old English like in the print edition, it isn't here. Disappointing and false advertising.
  • Beautiful

    By Sadie Baby 98
    The sheer awesomeness that an unknown author can weave into this awe inspiring epic is sheer genius! I know that their is an author listed but he is actually only the translator. The author is unknown! It's too bad because I wish I knew who to thank for this incredible piece of art! I normally put up a wall when a story grows sad so I don't cry! But alas I sat in european literature class and cried my eyes out! Mascara ran down my face when the book drew to an end! It was beautifully done to a point where when it grew sad I didn't want to throw the book away! In would tell you why I was crying but I wish not to spoil the ending for all you currently reading or soon to read.
  • I hate books, this is my one exception

    By Noldyb
    Loved it, I hate books, I want to punch myself in the face right now, but I loved it
  • Simply great

    By felipollo
    Seamus Heaney did an excellent job! I love this Epic Poem... Definitely recommend it! I love it!