Sunday, October 25, 2009

Anne Carson: Autobiography Of Red

Anne Carson blends genres and styles to create fascinating works of literary prowess that manage to reveal hidden truths lying just beneath the surface of our collective unconsciousness. She's also a painter of volcanoes, those geological formations often appearing along faultlines that explode into life when new substances arise from the earth's core...

Carson's Autobiography of Red is a seductive and deceptively simple "novel in verse" about the Greek mythological figure, Geryon. It's a modern retelling of his story with Herakles acting as an older mentor and eventual boyfriend to this self-confessed "monster." This is how the brilliant French illustrator Gustav Doré imagined Geryon in Hell:

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