In his final quest, Gilgamesh, still mourning the death of his dear friend Enkidu, sets out to find the key to immortality. His journey is perilous. He must fight ferocious serpents and wild lions. He travels through bitterly cold caves, across scorching deserts, and over the fatal waters of the Sea of Death. Finally he arrives at the palace of Utnapishtim, the only human who knows the secret of immortality. Utnapishtim sets Gilgamesh a test to stay away for six days and seven nights, but Gilgamesh fails. His last hope, a flower of eternal youth, is eaten by the goddess Ishtar, who exacts her revenge. Finally, Enkidu comes from the underworld to show Gilgamesh true immortality: the king will be remembered for his good deeds, courage, and love for his people.
Governor General’s Literary Awards – Children’s Literature – IllustrationWINNER 1995
The Gilgamesh Trilogy:
“A powerful version of the Gilgamesh epic…a stirring and sad tale.” –The New Yorker
About Ludmila Zeman
Accomplished filmmaker, author, and illustrator Ludmila Zeman was born in the Czech Republic. She is the daughter of well-known Czech film director Karel Zeman. Ludmila worked on major motion pictures early in her career, and she went on to create… More about Ludmila Zeman
Published by Tundra Books Apr 25, 1998| 24 Pages| 11-3/8 x 10-1/4| 7-9 years| ISBN 9780887763809