The Green Child

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A visionary masterpiece filled with green children, quicksand portals, imaginary countries, revolutionary dictators, and subterranean worldsThe Green Child is the only novel by Herbert Read ? the famous English poet, anarchist, and literary critic. First published by New Directions in 1948, it remains a singular work of bewildering imagination and radiance. The author considered it a philosophical myth akin to Plato?s cave.Olivero, the former dictator of a South American country, has returned to his native ...

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Overview

A visionary masterpiece filled with green children, quicksand portals, imaginary countries, revolutionary dictators, and subterranean worldsThe Green Child is the only novel by Herbert Read — the famous English poet, anarchist, and literary critic. First published by New Directions in 1948, it remains a singular work of bewildering imagination and radiance. The author considered it a philosophical myth akin to Plato’s cave.Olivero, the former dictator of a South American country, has returned to his native England after faking his own assassination. On a walk he sees, through a cottage window, a green-skinned young girl tied to a chair. He watches in horror as the kidnapper forces the girl to drink lamb’s blood from a cup. Olivero rescues the child, and she leads him into unknown realms.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
“If you want to imagine what it would be like to exist beyond desire, beyond loneliness, and even beyond identity, The Green Child is the book to read.”
The New Yorker
“The Green Child has narrative and stylistic lucidity as startling as some of its fantasy.”
Graham Greene
“The Green Child conveys a private sense of glory. The same type of glory that impelled Christian writers to picture the city of God.”
Lincoln Michel
“The Green Child is a mesmerizing novel that resists categorization and simplification.”
Robert Gorham Davis
“[B]eautifully imagined and beautifully written.”
The Times [London]
“[A] very charming philosophical tale.”
Bob Barker
“[R]emarkable for its cool yet vivid style.”
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
“The Green Child is the kind of book to write if you are going to leave just the one novel behind: singular, odd, completely original.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811221825
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/16/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 628,743
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Herbert Edward Read, (1893–1968) was an English anarchist poet, and critic of literature and art. He was one of the earliest English writers to take notice of existentialism, and was strongly influenced by proto-existentialist thinker Max Stirner.

Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN’s first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America’s first literary writer to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.

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