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Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
A literary event: a follow-up to the internationally acclaimed poetry bestseller 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.

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 haunted 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 somber housewhere 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 verse picaresque invites readers on an extraordinary journey of intellect, imagination, and soul.


Praise for The Autobiography of Red:
 • "This book is amazing--I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." -- Alice Munro
 • "A profound love story . . . sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender."-- The New York Times Book Review
 • "A deeply odd and immensely engaging book. . . . [Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday." -- The Village Voice
 • "A novel in the shape of a poem, a classical story made contemporary . . . wry, poignant, beautiful and occasionally erotic. Carson writes like an angel. . . . This romantic fable is . . . a rare (red) bird among Canadian novels. . . . A wonderful book of dense, glittering prose poetry that is both timely and timeless." -- Katherine Govier, Time