Synopses & Reviews
Simone Weil described “decreation” as “undoing the creature in us”-an undoing of self. In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson explores this idea with characteristic brilliance and a tantalizing range of reference, moving from Aphrodite to Antonioni, Demosthenes to Annie Dillard, Telemachos to Trotsky, and writing in forms as varied as opera libretto, screenplay, poem, oratorio, essay, shot list, and rapture. As she makes her way through these forms she slowly dismantles them, and in doing so seeks to move through the self, to its undoing.
"Exhilarating...Carson takes risks, subverts literary conventions, and plays havoc with our expectations....Enthralling, masterful, engaging, stunning, inspired, impressive, profoundly moving, poignant, probing." The New York Review of Books
"Winning, heartbreaking...As Carson mixes new and old worlds, she makes the big ideas she tackles relevant to our own lives . . . The book deserves wide attention....Her many fans...should find much to enjoy." Time Out New York
"If anyone knows how to be alluring, it is Carson....Affecting, fascinating, remarkable, beautiful, stimulating in a way that is manifestly taut and poetic, pitch-perfect, disarming." BookForum
"Brilliant, unusual." Publishers Weekly
"One of the most interesting gatherings of material that any poet has published within living memory....She is quite unlike any other poet writing today." The Economist
"[Carson's] work here is provocative, her language intriguing, and her themes universal." Library Journal
"Cool, resolute, smart, and lovely...Carson has emerged in the last two decades as a kind of prophet of the unknowable." The Village Voice
In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson contemplates "decreation" an activity described by Simone Weil as "undoing the creature in us" an undoing of self. But how can we undo self without moving through
self, to the very inside of its definition? Where else can we start?
Anne Carson's Decreation starts with form the undoing of form. Form is various here: opera libretto, screenplay, poem, oratorio, essay, shot list, rapture. The undoing is tender, but tenderness can change everything, or so the author appears to believe.
About the Author
Anne Carson was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; was honored with the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize, both for poetry; and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2001 she received the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry the first woman to do so; the Griffin Poetry Prize; and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She currently teaches at the University of Michigan.
Review A Day
"[A] stunning, genre-defying masterpiece....For readers who have yet to experience Carson's work, let this be your introduction....[T]he
beauty of Carson's work is that it never ceases to offer a thrill in a surprising, lovely turn of phrase, or a startling connection between an ancient myth and a childhood memory. Sometimes it is a blessing simply to be 'filled with wonder' at the possibilities of language." Alexis Smith, Powells.com
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