AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED

A NOVEL IN VERSE

Book - 1999
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The award-winning poet reinvents a genre in 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 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 

"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
Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, 1999, c1998.
ISBN: 9780375701290
037570129X
Characteristics: 149 p. ;,21 cm.

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May 14, 2017

Small type hard to read.

dpecsreads Jun 07, 2013

Read this at the Schwarzman Building.
A stunning yet highly unconventional "novel in verse," this book shows Carson's major conceit, and indeed, forte - the reinvention of Greek myth to create new works. (I'll be reading Red Doc>, Nox, and Antigonick over the course of the summer.)

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

A retelling of the Greek myth of Geryon and Heracles. Grade 10 - Adult

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HelenTeri Jul 27, 2011

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HelenTeri Jul 27, 2011

SPIRIT RULES SECRETLY ALONE THE BODY ACHIEVES NOTHING
is something you know
instinctively at fourteen and can still remember even with the hell in your head
at sixteen. They painted this truth
on the long wall of the high school the night before departing for Hades.

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