Author(s): Yiyun Li
The oldest written story on Earth, retold for children "A real friend is a companion for your heart." Godlike Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, has built a beautiful city, but is also a terrible tyrant. In answer to the prayers of his oppressed citizens, the gods create Enkidu, a wild man whose destiny is to first fight Gilgamesh, and then become his life-long friend. They embark on adventures together, but when they - together - kill the Bull of Heaven, Enkidu must pay the ultimate price. In his grief and fear of his own death, Gilgamesh goes on a journey to discover the secret to immortality ...
Yiyun Li (b. 1972) is a prize-winning short story writer and novelist. Named by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists in 2007, her work has won her the Frank O'Connor International Short StoryAward, The PEN/Hemingway Award and the California Book Award. She lives and teaches in California.