- Hardcover: 180 pages
- Publisher: New Directions; 1 edition (May 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811219577
- ISBN-13: 978-0811219570
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Antigonick 1st Edition
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Carson is nothing less than brilliant--unfalteringly sharp indiction, audacious, and judicious in taking liberties.
She is one of the few writers writing in English that I would read anything she wrote. --Susan Sontag"
Carson is nothing less than brilliant unfalteringly sharp indiction, audacious, and judicious in taking liberties. "
Reading Anne Carson is to experience aeuphonious, mystical sort of perplexity. --Richard Bernstein"
The reader, the listener is provoked and challenged to the utmost. "
It is a cry of grief posed in question form, emphatic, handwritten, excessive and abbreviated and, in this sense, a measured scream that gives us some sense of who or what lives on when it is all too late. --Judith Butler"
Ms. Carson does more than just update the language and quicken the pacing she rewrites the play, mines its subtleties, its absurdity and its strangely comic timing and manages to produce a unique text out of a story that goes back much further than the fifth century when Sophocles wrote his version. "
Carson's poetry convinces. Carson's work is irrepressibly modern and provoking. "
A beautiful, bewildering book, wondrous and a bit scary to behold, that gives a reader much to think about without making it clear how she should feel. "
[Antigonick] is both riveting and humorous. Bianca Stone's illustrations are immediate and visceral, and Robert Currie's overall book design has elegance and strength. "
Stone's illustrations and the hand-lettered text make Antigonick a beautiful object. "
Carson and Stone have crafted something of an entirely new spirit. "
In Carson's hands, this small, familiar Greek volume takes on a thunderously fresh rhythm, a satisfying blend of poetry and prose. "
Her poetry at it's best, like Antigone's character, is a thrilling combination of hot-blooded instinct and dispassionate resolve. "
Antigonick plays extensively with the conventions of narrative form, translation, and the physical presentation of literature. "
The experiment's a fascinating one, and this interesting, risk-taking book is unignorable. "
Her poetry is expressionistic (you see this in Antigonick), shot through with a spiritual turbulence and an almost violent sensitivity to experience, and the barbed edges of her lines can send shocks through you. "
Carson's Antigonick is wildly unorthodox. But it's also captivating, in a brash, pop culture-inflected way. "
This is where Carson's best work is staged: in the uncanny gateway between the temporal and the timeless; in the nick between the world of powerboats and the sublime, terrifying realm of the dead and the still lively gods. "
Antigonick has arrived at the right cultural moment. "
One of the best designed books of the year and a unique reading experience. "
Antigonick is as much a re-telling as it is a testament to the importance of Antigone in Western art, of re-tellings, and of refiguring narrative. "
About the Author
Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living at New York University. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur “Genius” Award. She is the author of Nox; Glass, Irony and God; The Autobiography of Red; The Beauty of the Husband; Decreation; Economy of the Unlost; Eros the Bittersweet; Grief Lessons; If Not, Winter; Men in the Off Hours; and Plainwater.
Bianca Stone, the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, received her MFA from NYU in 2009 and is the editor of Monk Books.
Top customer reviews
The print is in the form of Carson's own handwriting, with little or no punctuation, giving the tale a frantic, nervous feel. Bianca Stone's illustrations are a surreal assortment of images, printed on transparent pages that overlay the text, and which relate only occasionally to what is happening in the text. The result is delightful mixture of wit and irony. The characters of the play even comment on various interpretations that have been offered by Bertolt Brecht and G.W.F. Hegel. Carson is one of our literary treasures and this is Carson at her best.