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The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone

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Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history.

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.

Review:

"There are many translations of Sophocles' Antigone but few with the understated power and spare beauty of Irish Nobel laureate Heaney's version....His fine, new translation makes one wish he would don a translator's hat more often." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"Though Heaney lets ideology interfere with tragedy, he has nonetheless composed a poem full of brilliant strokes....It is doubtful that these register on the stage when it is performed, but on the page they are compelling." Garry Wills, The New York Times

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"[A] quick, taut, invigorating read that promises to play well on the stage. While Heaney's vision of the ethical dilemma of ancient Thebes is lucidly rendered, it's clear that in the end the Irish poet's sympathies lie with the uncompromising, disobedient Antigone." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Heaney's accessible translation allows modern readers to wrestle with the play's potent questions again. The line dividing the individual from the state is no less blurry today than it was 2,500 years ago." Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis:

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern touch.

Synopsis:

Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history.

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.

About the Author

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. He lives in Dublin and he regularly teaches at Harvard University. His most recent book is Finders Keepers: Selected Prose, 1971–2000 (FSG, 2002).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374117214
Subtitle:
A Version of Sophocles' Antigone
Translator:
Heaney, Seamus
Translator:
Heaney, Seamus
Author:
Heaney, Seamus
Author:
Sophocles
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Subject:
General
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.55 x 0.26 in

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Product details 88 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374117214 Reviews:
"Review" by , "There are many translations of Sophocles' Antigone but few with the understated power and spare beauty of Irish Nobel laureate Heaney's version....His fine, new translation makes one wish he would don a translator's hat more often."
"Review" by , "Though Heaney lets ideology interfere with tragedy, he has nonetheless composed a poem full of brilliant strokes....It is doubtful that these register on the stage when it is performed, but on the page they are compelling."
"Review" by , "[A] quick, taut, invigorating read that promises to play well on the stage. While Heaney's vision of the ethical dilemma of ancient Thebes is lucidly rendered, it's clear that in the end the Irish poet's sympathies lie with the uncompromising, disobedient Antigone."
"Review" by , "Heaney's accessible translation allows modern readers to wrestle with the play's potent questions again. The line dividing the individual from the state is no less blurry today than it was 2,500 years ago."
"Synopsis" by , In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern touch.
"Synopsis" by ,
Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history.

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.

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