|Autobiography of Red (1998) [Novel]|
by Anne Carson
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(From the publisher):
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 re-creation 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.
Original title: Autobiography of Red
Genre: Poetry→ Epic and Narrative Poetry
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics→ Novels In Verse