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"The best epic saga of the prewar period"
Czesław Miłosz: History of Polish Literature

Nights And Days

1600 B.C.
A Journey to the ends of the world.
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Read the Odyssey and the Epic of the Golden Fleece
of Eastern Europe.

When it first appeared in 1972, this breathtaking tale of the adventures of Minoan mariners traveling up the river systems of Eastern Europe to the Sea of Gloom--the Baltic--in search of amber took our part of the world by storm. This was our Odyssey and our Golden Fleece. Written in a beautiful, intentionally archaized language to convey the sense of the epic, it became an instant best-seller and continues to sell well today. More importantly, it has creates a vast army of passionate fans who continue to engage with the franchise.

Millions of copies and thirteen languages later, archeological discoveries show us how prophetic the author's vision was: the greatest battle of the Bronze Age was not fought at Kadesh, between Hittites and Egyptians, as we have thought for centuries, but in the Tollense Valley, in north Germany. At Zyndram's Castle, in Southern Poland the ruins of a Minoan castle testify that Cretans got at least that far as early as 1500 B.C. Absence of script and the prevalence of wood as building material have caused that ancient history to be largely lost but this epic, meticulously researched and richly imagined shows us what could have been.

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The Author.

Maciej Słomczyński ("Joe Alex") (1920-1998) was an industry unto himself. He remains Europe's preeminent translator of English literature, the only person in the world to have translated all of Shakespeare, plus Milton's Paradise Lost, plus Swift's Gulliver's Travels; plus Carroll's Alice in Wonderland; plus James Joyce's Ulysses. Under the pseudonym Joe Alex, he authored wildly successful series of detective mysteries, international best-sellers in thirteen languages, and a smash hit Bronze Age saga--our current series: The Ships of Minos.

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Our other great series on the antique:

30 best-selling books on antiquity by Europe's cult author-scholar.

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The Roman Trilogy that rocked the Soviet Block:

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570 BC: two breathtaking adventures set in the Greek Iron Age:

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