Autobiography of Red

Autobiography of Red

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by Anne Carson
     
 

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
National book Critics Circle Award Finalist  

"Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today."—Michael Ondaatje

"This book is amazing—I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." —Alice Munro

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
National book Critics Circle Award Finalist  

"Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today."—Michael Ondaatje

"This book is amazing—I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." —Alice Munro

            
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.

"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

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
"The most exciting poet writing in English today.... A rare    talent — brilliant and full of wit,passionate and also deeply moving."         - Michael Ondaatje

"A novel in the shape of a poem, a classical story made contemporary—wry, poignant, beautiful and occasionally erotic. Carson writes like an angel—Her passions recall that incandescent chronicler of love Elisabeth Smart [and] Malcolm Lowry—This romantic fable is—a rare (red) bird among Canadian novels—A wonderful book of dense, glittering prose poetry that is both timely and timeless."  - Katherine Govier, Time

"Amazing — I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing."  - Alice Munro

"Wildly imaginative and inventive—The first dozen pages will convince anyone—that Carson is an authentic and original talent."                   - Douglas Fetherling, The Ottawa Citizen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375701290
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
149,836
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.46(d)

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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 lives in Canada.

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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.