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Antigones: How the Antigone Legend Has Endured in Western Literature, Art, and Thought Paperback – October 30, 1996


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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (October 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300069150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300069150
  • ASIN: 0300069154
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Steiner is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva and Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book recounts the long history of "Antigone," the famous Sophoclean play. It covers philosophical, literary, and stage interpretations of the myth and the work. A well-educated literary translator, George Steiner pays great attention to the language of the original, as well as its translations throughout the ages. A must for anyone who is interested in Greek tragedy for the present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Bannen on April 14, 2011
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This is a dense read but well worth it, especially for those who can't shake the impact of Antigone on their lives. Steiner is a brilliant man with high erudition. He is capable of soaring rhetoric that is inspiring and insightfully precise. Unfortunately, he also at times guilty of scholastic self-indulgence--really, you can't translate for the non-French/German/Latin/Greek speakers some of your passages and terms? (Almost the entire second half of book lacks any attempts at translation.) Feels a bit pompously elitist.

Aside from that annoyance, this is a very worthy read with layer upon layer of exciting analysis. Antigone leaps off the page as not just a play about Hegelian dichotomies, but as a play submerged in the cultural swamp of man's quiddity (how's that for scholastic self-indulgence?).

A damn fine book.
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Love Steiner and love Antigone, great read! If you've ever wanted to read about one of Western canon's great plays dissected by one of greatest Western thinkers of the 20th century, this book is a must.
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