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Autobiography of Red is the story of Geryon, a winged red monster slain by Herakles, as well as a young boy, tormented by his family, who writes his life story at the age of five. It is both an elaborate re-creation of ancient Greek myth and a contemporary artist's coming-of-age story, — both novel and epic poem — whimsical, haunting, and often disturbing. Autobiography of Red reasserts the simple fact that Anne Carson is one of the most important and genre-breaking writers and scholars publishing today.
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The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, 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.

Review:

"Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today." Michael Ondaatje

Review:

"This book is amazing — I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." Alice Munro

Review:

"A profound love story...sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A deeply odd and immensely engaging book....[Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday." The Village Voice

Synopsis:

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

            

The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, 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 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

About the Author

Anne Carson lives in Canada.

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timkjazz, September 19, 2006 (view all comments by timkjazz)
Having just come to Anne Carson in a big way due to a poet friend who swears by her, I was ready to be amazed. And I was. Her language in re-telling the tale of the slain monster Geryon, her deadpan humor, her references to the classics we read as children and have mostly forgotten, awakened in me a sense of childhood awe at her staggering talent. Fusing poetry, the novel, essay and autobiography seamlessly in 'Autobiography of Red' (which I just finished one hour ago), Carson has leapt to the forefront of poets in my estimation. Alienation, sadness, betrayal, they all hold sway over the winged creature/boy/man Geryon and his struggle to be whole/real. I am a convert. Anne Carson is a blazingly original talent and in this world of predictable poetry what could be higher praise? Read her and delight in the elasticity of literature in its highest form: poetry.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701290
Author:
Carson, Anne
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
American
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Epic poetry, Greek
Subject:
Canadian
Subject:
Heracles
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Subject:
poetry;fiction;mythology;novel in verse;queer;canadian;novel;myth;greece;literature;canada;classics;monsters;greek mythology;20th century;fantasy;volcanoes;canadian literature
Subject:
poetry;fiction;mythology;novel in verse;queer;canadian;novel;myth;greece;literature;canada;classics;greek mythology;monsters;20th century;fantasy;volcanoes;canadian literature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries (Paperback)
Series Volume:
2280
Publication Date:
July 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.34x5.21x.49 in. .41 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Autobiography of Red is the story of Geryon, a winged red monster slain by Herakles, as well as a young boy, tormented by his family, who writes his life story at the age of five. It is both an elaborate re-creation of ancient Greek myth and a contemporary artist's coming-of-age story, — both novel and epic poem — whimsical, haunting, and often disturbing. Autobiography of Red reasserts the simple fact that Anne Carson is one of the most important and genre-breaking writers and scholars publishing today.

"Review" by , "Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today."
"Review" by , "This book is amazing — I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing."
"Review" by , "A profound love story...sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender."
"Review" by , "A deeply odd and immensely engaging book....[Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday."
"Synopsis" by , 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

            

The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, 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 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

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