Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse


Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse Poetry
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A stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED is 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. 149p.

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the 1996 Lannan Literary Award for poetry, Carson (classics, McGill Univ.) has been praised by Michael Ondaatje as "the most exciting poet writing in English today." An internal poetic narrative propels the reader of her newest work through a world of literary allusion and sensory involvement. Thus caught up in this weave and the alluring texture of language, the reader experiences the substance of this text as its characters would, without a clear delineation between beginning, middle, and end. The story unravels as life happens. Moments of extreme violence and vulnerability contrast with instances of miraculous beauty as the author incorporates characters with mythic qualities into our contemporary world. This writing represents a daring merger of erudition and experimental form and is reminiscent of work by Stein and Pound. Carson's second book (following Plainwater, Knopf, 1995), this is highly recommended for literary collections.AAnn K. van Buren, New York Univ. Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information.

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