Autobiography of Red (Vintage Contemporaries) (Compact Disc)

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By Anne Carson, Paul Boehmer (Narrated by)
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A tiny monster of a book that blends porse and poetry with classical studies to tell a story of unrequited desire and hte struggle toward self-acceptance. For those who have ever felt out of place or ugly. (You're not!) Also, make sure to check out Carson'sĀ Red Doc>, theĀ chimeric sequel to this modern classic.

— Luis


The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional recreation 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. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781515906841
ISBN-10: 1515906841
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries