An interview with Peter Dyr regarding his new book "The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Teachings of Siduri and How Siduri's Ancient Advice Can Help Guide Us to a Happier Life, Third Edition".
• What is this book about?
The book contains both the complete text for the Epic of Gilgamesh, the first great work of literature, as well as discussions of various concepts within the Epic with particular attention paid to Siduri and the advice she gave to Gilgamesh.
• What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by Siduri's advice, her words moved me. I empathize with Gilgamesh and his quest for immortality, as I understand and share his fear of death and his dream for immortality. However, Siduri spoke to me and people like me, from the other side of recorded time, telling me to accept my mortality and focus on what was really important in life, enjoying the simple pleasures in life and creating a new family.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
Really anyone who is interested in reading the oldest recorded story, or interested in ancient advice that can help guide them to a happier life, or both!
• How long did it take to write it?
The final version came together in about 6 months.
• How did you come up with the title?
It was essentially a description of what is in the book.
• Why did you choose this cover?
Siduri is a major focus of this book, so it made sense to put her on the cover. Also, I thought the fact that she is an attractive female would help differentiate this book from other Epic of Gilgamesh books on the market.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Carefully reconstructing the Old Babylonian and Akkadian texts so that the story made sense and flowed as a continuous narrative.
• Did you do research for your book and if so, what did that involve?
I have done quite a bit of reading for the third edition, as well as partaking in discussions with people on various relevant subjects included in the book, but I hope to do much more research for the next edition.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
There are many nuances in the Epic of Gilgamesh that really jumped out at me when I wrote the book. I also learned a lot from several of the contributors, both those who have already been included in this edition of the book, and those that will be put into the next edition.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for taking the time to read this book, if you have any suggestions/comments please feel free to email me at Professor.Peter.Dyr@gmail.com
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