8vo. 149pp. Orange and cream paper-covered boards. Illustrated Dj. has minor water damage to top edge of upper cover with some edgewear. A rare first edition of Carson's groundbreaking novel in verse. Dj. covered in protective mylar Patrick's online book. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: In her first novel in verse, Anne Carson bridges the gap between classicism and the modern, poetry and prose, with a volcanic journey into the soul of a winged red monster named Geryon.
There is a strong mixture of whimsy and sadness in Geryon's story. He is tormented as a boy by his brother, escapes to a parallel world of photography, and falls in love with Herakles--a golden young man who leaves Geryon at the peak of infatuation. Geryon retreats ever further into the world created by his camera, until that glass house is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by Herakles' return. Running throughout is Geryon's fascination with his wings, the color red, and the fantastic accident of who he is.
Autobiography of Red is a deceptively simple narrative layered with currents of meaning, emotion, and the truth about what it's like to be red. It is a powerful and unsettling story that moves, disturbs, and delights.
Críticas: Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red is a novel in verse, the author's first. A classicist by profession as well as a poet, Carson has drawn on antiquity for her cast, updating the myth of Geryon and Herakles. In the original version, of course, Herakles killed the red-skinned, winged Geryon. In Carson's very contemporary retelling, he merely inspires, but does not return, the monster's passion. By choosing Geryon as her central character, Carson can bring up the questions of existence as if they hadn't been asked before. After all, the monster's instincts have not been numbed by civilization. Fires twist through him. We feel the pain of learning the most elementary things, and then the volcanic intensity that comes with that more advanced thing, love. Yet Carson doesn't so much tell the story of Geryon's love as mediate his very being through semiological surfaces: cafes, video stores, lipstick, a library where he shelves government documents with a "forlorn austerity, / tall and hushed in their ranges as veterans of a forgotten war." Carson seldom satisfies herself with an image of the world. Instead she atomizes the world, leaving it broken down, refracted, and glinting. At times her verbal pyrotechnics manage to render pure energy:
A little button at the end of each range activated the fluorescent track above it.No novelist could have gotten away with that last line. Yet it's very much to the point: Carson's Geryon is, among other things, a camera freak who doesn't understand that an observer must inevitably alter the nature of the thing observed. Here is Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, cheek-by-jowl with the ancients! And indeed, Carson's achievement is to interweave the archaic and the modern so seamlessly that by the time we finish reading Autobiography of Red, the entire landscape looks inside out. --Mark Rudman
A yellowing 5 x 7 index card
Scotch-taped below each button said EXTINGUISH LIGHT WHEN NOT IN USE.
Geryon went flickering
through the ranges like a bit of mercury flipping the switches on and off.
The librarians thought him
a talented boy with a shadow side.
Título: Autobiography of Red: A novel in Verse
Editorial: NY, NY: Knopf
Año de publicación: 1998
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Edición: First edition, as stated.
Descripción Knopf. Estado de conservación: Acceptable. Ships same or next business day with delivery confirmation. Expedited shipping available. MAY NOT CONTAIN cd's, access codes, or supplements even if stated in the title. May contain some highlighting and markings. Shows normal wear for a used book. Nº de ref. de la librería 5626186-0
Descripción Knopf. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Nº de ref. de la librería 2731118990
Descripción Knopf, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0375401334
Descripción Estado de conservación: Good. Book Condition: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería 97803754013364.0
Descripción Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: As New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine. First Edition, Second Printing. 149pp. Stated on copyright page: "Published May 14, 1998", above "Second Printing, June 1998". Light tan boards with cinnamon backstrip, deckled fore-edge. Light tan dustwrapper not price-clipped ($23.00) . Smudge above author name at bottom front cover, else As New: NO wear at corners or elsewhere: No previous owner names. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 006106
Descripción Estado de conservación: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Nº de ref. de la librería 97803754013363.0
Descripción Knopf, 1998. Estado de conservación: good. A good reading copy. May contain markings or be a withdrawn library copy. Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. Nº de ref. de la librería 9780375401336-4
Descripción Knopf, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Nº de ref. de la librería GD-139-43-2911302
Descripción Knopf, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Nº de ref. de la librería P020375401334
Descripción Knopf. Estado de conservación: Very Good. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Uncorrected proof. 8vo paperback. 155pp. Near fine. Inquire if you need further information. Nº de ref. de la librería G15B-00496