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Antigonickby Anne Carson and Bianca Stone
Synopses & Reviews
Anne Carson has published translations of the ancient Greek poets Sappho, Simonides, Aiskhylos, Sophokles and Euripides. Antigonick is the first time she's making translation into a combined visual and textual experience. Sophokles' luminous and disturbing tragedy is here given an entirely fresh language and presentation, making the fundamentally human issues of death and honor, family and morality as relevant as ever.
The text itself is hand-lettered on the page by Anne Carson, and this one-of-a-kind edition features stunning drawings by Bianca Stone printed on translucent vellum pages that overlay the text.
"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." Publishers Weekly
"Reading Anne Carson is to experience aeuphonious, mystical sort of perplexity." Richard Bernstein
"Her poetry is light, swift, and beautiful." The New York Times
"The reader, the listener is provoked and challenged to the utmost." The New Yorker
"Such light-handed scholarship is characteristic of Carson, a poet interested in those moments when precedents can't be found and normal translations fail." The Times Literary Supplement
"Carson's poetry convinces. Carson's work is irrepressibly modern and provoking." The Guardian
"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." The Oxonian Review
"Stone's illustrations and the hand-lettered text make Antigonick a beautiful object." The Guardian
"The experiment's a fascinating one, and this interesting, risk-taking book is unignorable." Guernica
"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." The Independent
"Her poetry at it's best, like Antigone's character, is a thrilling combination of hot-blooded instinct and dispassionate resolve." KGB Bar Lit Magazine
"Antigonick plays extensively with the conventions of narrative form, translation, and the physical presentation of literature." National Post
"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." New Statesman
"Antigonick has arrived at the right cultural moment." Critical Mob
"One of the best designed books of the year and a unique reading experience." The New Inquiry
"Carson's Antigonick is wildly unorthodox. But it's also captivating, in a brash, pop culture-inflected way." Suicide Girls
"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." Thestar.com
"Anne Carson's is among the most inventive, astringent sensibilities in modern letters." George Steiner, The Times Literary Supplement
"Stone's illustrations and the hand-lettered text make Antigonick a beautiful object." The Wall Street Journal
An illustrated new translation of Sophokles’ Antigone.
About the Author
Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. 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.
Bianca Stone was born and raised in Vermont, and received her M.F.A. from N.Y.U.'s creative writing program in 2009. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Someone Else's Wedding Vows (Argos Books), and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press). Her poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, and Tin House. She lives in Brooklyn.
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