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Selvbiografi i rødt, en versroman (1998)

af Anne Carson

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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.… (mere)
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Most reviews are by people who really liked this book. I did not like this book. So it goes. Some of the individual pieces of the book are really quite good
I remember the sky behind her was purple she
came towards me saying
Why are you alone in this huge blank garden
like a piece of electricity?Electricity?
Maybe she said cakes and tea true we were drinking gin it was long past
teatime but she was a highly original woman
as you'd expect from an accomplished poet writing a novel in verse. But the overall story annoyed and bored me. Geryon, the red winged monster of ancient myth, is re-imagined as a sad, pushed-around modern boy/adolescent/young adult. Herakles is his first love. Rather than slay him as in myth, Herakles merely breaks his sad young heart and Geryon meekly goes back to his mother's house. Years later, they hook up one more time. Geryon cries, Herakles says
Can't you ever just fuck and not think?
Modern myth never looked like such weak brew next to the ancient. ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
There are lot of beautiful moments in here, lots of bittersweet which is my weak spot. I wish I could have taken my time with it, but I have a pile of books from the library and had to rush a bit.

I think I was expecting/hoping for more of a story arc and was disappointed when it ended up being pretty slice-of-life. Still, very good. ( )
  AdioRadley | Jan 21, 2024 |
ANNNNNNNEEEEEEE I could try to write some intelligent, useful review but it wouldn't live up to this so ( )
  ghostwalls | Aug 17, 2021 |
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
Far greater minds than mine have tried to sum up what this is about, so I'll leave it alone. Hypnotic. ( )
  beaujoe | Apr 3, 2021 |
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...Carson writes in language any poet would kill for: sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender, brilliantly lighted.
tilføjet af bitterfierce | RedigerNew York Times, Ruth Padel (May 3, 1998)
 
It is a novel, all right; a story which creates characters that are surprising but credible, involves them in an action that works to what seems an appropriate if somewhat mysterious end and, in this case, leaves the reader with a feeling that it contains depths which only rereading and reflection will sound. But the reader cannot help wondering: Was the decision to tell the story in verse justified?
 
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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.

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