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Autobiography of Red

A Novel in Verse

by Anne Carson

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list price: $18.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback Paperback
category: Poetry
published: 1999
ISBN:9780676972658
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada
Awards
  • Winner, QSPELL Award
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Description

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the QSpell A.M. Klein Poetry Prize

Award-winning poet Anne Carson joins the Vintage Canada list with this stunning work, both novel and poem, both unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and 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 embarks on a journey that unleashes his creative imagination to its fullest extent.

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Contributor notes

Anne Carson lives in Montreal where she is the Director of Graduate Studies, Classics at McGill University. Her many awards include the QSPELL A.M. Klein Poetry Prize, the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize.

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Editorial Review

"The most exciting poet writing in English today.... A rare    talent -- brilliant and full of wit,passionate and also deeply moving."         - Michael Ondaatje

"A novel in the shape of a poem, a classical story made contemporary--wry, poignant, beautiful and occasionally erotic. Carson writes like an angel--Her passions recall that incandescent chronicler of love Elisabeth Smart [and] Malcolm Lowry--This romantic fable is--a rare (red) bird among Canadian novels--A wonderful book of dense, glittering prose poetry that is both timely and timeless."  - Katherine Govier, Time

"Amazing -- I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing."  - Alice Munro

"Wildly imaginative and inventive--The first dozen pages will convince anyone--that Carson is an authentic and original talent."                   - Douglas Fetherling, The Ottawa Citizen

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