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Joan London’s Gilgamesh is set not far from where I grew up in the south-west of Western Australia so I am a little bias when I say I loved this book.
It is the 1930s and the world is living on the edge. World War ll is imminent. It traces the lives of three generations of an extended family across Europe, Australia and the Middle East.
But the novel takes its name from a place and time a long way from Australia. The first Gilgamesh is one of the world’s oldest known poems and one of the greatest surviving works of early Mesopotamian literature. It is about the search for eternal life and is set somewhere between 2750 and 2500 BCE.
Gilgamesh (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2001, ISBN: 0330363476, 256 pages.)