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Autobiography of Red
     

Autobiography of Red

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by Anne Carson
 

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The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.

Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile,

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The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.

Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is.

Editorial Reviews

Village Voice
A deeply odd and immensely engaging book. . . . [Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday.
New York Times Book Review
A profound love story . . . sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender.
From the Publisher
"This book is amazing—I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." —Alice Munro

"A profound love story...sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender." —The New York Times Book Review 

"A deeply odd and immensely engaging book.... [Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday." —The Village Voice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375401336
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/31/1998
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.83(d)

What People are Saying About This

Michael Ondaatje
Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today.
Alice Munro
This book is amazing—I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing.

Meet the Author

ANNE CARSON was born in Canada and has been a professor of Classics for over thirty years. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations.

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Autobiography of Red 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the twelth time because it's such a unique book and it's powerful. Autobiography of Red will leave a deep impact on it's readers, the novel which is written in verse will take readers on for a thrill ride. While reading this book, I sometimes had trouble figuring which character was speaking since almost all dialogue was in italics. Nonetheless, this is an unforgettable book. You will love it! Autobiography of Red is a literary masterpiece!
constructivedisorder More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Carson's most marvellously disturbing pieces. Her red monster, Geryon is perfect. The book would not be complete without the philosophical introductory pieces on Steisichoros and Stein. Thought-provoking, inventive.