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A literary event: a follow-up to the internationally acclaimed poetry best-seller Autobiography of Red (‘Amazing’ – Alice Munro) that takes its mythic boy-hero into the twenty-first century to tell a story all its own of love, loss, and the power of memory. Shortlisted for the 2013 T.S. Eliot Prize.

In a stunningly original mix of poetry, drama, and narrative, Anne Carson brings the red-winged Geryon from Autobiography of Red, now called ‘G’, into manhood, and through the complex labyrinths of the modern age. We join him as he travels with his friend and lover ‘Sad’ (short for Sad But Great), a war veteran, and with Ida, an artist, across a geography that ranges from plains of glacial ice to idyllic green pastures; from a psychiatric clinic to the sombre house where G’s mother must face her death. Haunted by Proust, juxtaposing the hunger for flight with the longing for family and home, this deeply powerful picaresque verse invites readers on an extraordinary journey of intellect, imagination, and soul.

Reviews

I have never read a poet where there was such a sense that the material was so unruly it might overwhelm its creator. It is this that makes Carson exciting... She writes with spendthrift ease.

Kate Kellaway, Observer

To engage so originally and compellingly with a story first told more than 3,000 years ago, is astonishing: her ambition is one thing, the fact that it is so completely achieved is, frankly, something else… Carson is, simply, one of the very best.

Sarah Crown, Guardian

[Carson’s] work over the last three decades has the flux of tidal waters. Words deceptively simple become in context an exhilarating tsunami of images with a shift in typographical structure.

Hayden Murphy, Herald

‘A true poet, in the sense that she makes the unfamiliar seem real, and the real seem fabulous.’

Richard Eyre, Start the Week

The narrative poem plays delightfully with form, at times approaching stream of consciousness in the vivid interplay of memory and dialogue.

Financial Times

Some of the most arresting poetry I've read this year... Complex and beautiful.

Alex MacDonald, Quietus

Strange, affecting and very exciting. I guarantee it will blow your mind.

Nick Harkaway, Female First

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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781473557345

    August 11, 2014

    Vintage Digital

    176 pages

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780224097574

    July 15, 2013

    Jonathan Cape

    176 pages

    RRP $36.99

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  • Hardback

    9780224097550

    July 15, 2013

    Jonathan Cape

    128 pages

    RRP $326.00

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