Antigonick

Overview

With text blocks hand-inked on the page by Anne Carson and her collaborator Robert Currie, Antigonick features translucent vellum pages with stunning drawings by Bianca Stone that overlay the text.

Anne Carson has published translations of the ancient Greek poets Sappho, Simonides, Aiskhylos, Sophokles and Euripides. Antigonick is her first attempt at making translation into a combined visual and textual experience. Sophokles’ luminous and disturbing tragedy is here given an ...

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Overview

With text blocks hand-inked on the page by Anne Carson and her collaborator Robert Currie, Antigonick features translucent vellum pages with stunning drawings by Bianca Stone that overlay the text.

Anne Carson has published translations of the ancient Greek poets Sappho, Simonides, Aiskhylos, Sophokles and Euripides. Antigonick is her first attempt at making translation into a combined visual and textual experience. Sophokles’ luminous and disturbing tragedy is here given an entirely fresh language and presentation. Thoroughly delightful.

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Editorial Reviews

The Globe and Mail
“[Antigonick] is both riveting and humorous. Bianca Stone's illustrations are immediate and visceral, and Robert Currie's overall book design has elegance and strength.”
Susan Sontag
“She is one of the few writers writing in English that I would read anything she wrote.”
Richard Bernstein - The New York Times
“Reading Anne Carson is to experience aeuphonious, mystical sort of perplexity.”
Judith Butler - Public Books
“It is a cry of grief posed in question form, emphatic, handwritten, excessive and abbreviated and, in this sense, a measured scream that gives us some sense of who or what lives on when it is all too late.”
The New York Times - Richard Bernstein
“Reading Anne Carson is to experience aeuphonious, mystical sort of perplexity.”
Public Books - Judith Butler
“It is a cry of grief posed in question form, emphatic, handwritten, excessive and abbreviated and, in this sense, a measured scream that gives us some sense of who or what lives on when it is all too late.”
The New York Times
Reading Anne Carson is to experience aeuphonious, mystical sort of perplexity.— Richard Bernstein
The New Yorker
“Her poetry is light, swift, and beautiful.”
The Times Literary Supplement
“The reader, the listener is provoked and challenged to the utmost.”
Public Books
It is a cry of grief posed in question form, emphatic, handwritten, excessive and abbreviated and, in this sense, a measured scream that gives us some sense of who or what lives on when it is all too late.— Judith Butler
The Guardian
“Ms. Carson does more than just update the language and quicken the pacing–she rewrites the play, mines its subtleties, its absurdity and its strangely comic timing and manages to produce a unique text out of a story that goes back much further than the fifth century when Sophocles wrote his version.”
The Oxonian Review
“Carson's poetry convinces. Carson's work is irrepressibly modern and provoking.”
Slate

A beautiful, bewildering book, wondrous and a bit scary to behold, that gives a reader much to think about without making it clear how she should feel.

livemint.com & The Wall Street Journal
“Stone's illustrations and the hand-lettered text make Antigonick a beautiful object.”
Guernica
“Carson and Stone have crafted something of an entirely new spirit.”
KGB Bar Lit Magazine
“In Carson's hands, this small, familiar Greek volume takes on a thunderously fresh rhythm, a satisfying blend of poetry and prose.”
National Post
“Her poetry at it's best, like Antigone's character, is a thrilling combination of hot-blooded instinct and dispassionate resolve.”
The Rumpus
“Antigonick plays extensively with the conventions of narrative form, translation, and the physical presentation of literature.”
The Independent
“The experiment's a fascinating one, and this interesting, risk-taking book is unignorable.”
Full Stop
“Her poetry is expressionistic (you see this in Antigonick), shot through with a spiritual turbulence and an almost violent sensitivity to experience, and the barbed edges of her lines can send shocks through you.”
Thestar.com
“Carson's Antigonick is wildly unorthodox. But it's also captivating, in a brash, pop culture-inflected way.”
New Statesman
“This is where Carson's best work is staged: in the uncanny gateway between the temporal and the timeless; in the nick between the world of powerboats and the sublime, terrifying realm of the dead and the still lively gods.”
The New Inquiry
“Antigonick has arrived at the right cultural moment.”
Suicide Girls
“One of the best designed books of the year and a unique reading experience.”
Critical Mob
“Antigonick is as much a re-telling as it is a testament to the importance of Antigone in Western art, of re-tellings, and of refiguring narrative.”
livemint.com & The Wall Street Journal
“Stone's illustrations and the hand-lettered text make Antigonick a beautiful object.”
Full Stop
“Her poetry is expressionistic (you see this in Antigonick), shot through with a spiritual turbulence and an almost violent sensitivity to experience, and the barbed edges of her lines can send shocks through you.”
The Rumpus
Antigonick plays extensively with the conventions of narrative form, translation, and the physical presentation of literature.”
The New Inquiry
Antigonick has arrived at the right cultural moment.”
Thestar.com
“Carson's Antigonick is wildly unorthodox. But it's also captivating, in a brash, pop culture-inflected way.”
Critical Mob
Antigonick is as much a re-telling as it is a testament to the importance of Antigone in Western art, of re-tellings, and of refiguring narrative.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811219570
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 639,841
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

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