In the dramatic monologues that make up The Fourth Dimension -- especially those based on the grim history of Mycenae and its royal protagonists; Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Orestes, Electra, Iphigenia -- Ritsos presents a timeless poetic paradigm of the condition of Greece. These soliloquies (the speakers also include Ajax, Persephone, Helen, and Phaedra) move effortlessly between mythic and modern realities baunting yet immediate. The volume also contains a group of modern narratives, including the famous, and muchanihologized, "Moonlight Sonata." Ritsos regarded The Fourth Dimension, rightly, as his finest achievement. Much of it previously untranslated, it is now presented to English-speaking readers for the first time in its entirety: the major work that demonstrates his status as one of the greatest poets of this century.
|Publisher:||Anvil Press Poetry, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Peter Green is Professor of Classics at the University of Texas in Austin. The author of numerous scholarly works, he has also written several volumes of historical fiction, including The Laughter of Aphrodite (Murray/World; paperback forthcoming from University of California Press). Beverly Bardsley, a free-lance translator, lives in Austin.
Table of Contents
|The Dead House||83|
|The Return of Iphigenia||103|
|Under the Shadow of the Mountain||123|
|When the Stranger Comes||295|
|Notes to the Poems||313|