Autobiography of Red

Publisher: Vintage Canada
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the QSpell A.M. Klein Poetry Prize

Award-winning poet Anne Carson joins the Vintage Canada list with this stunning work, both novel and poem, both unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and 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 embarks on a journey that unleashes his creative imagination to its fullest extent.

READING GUIDE

1. As an epigraph to the introduction, Carson quotes Gertrude Stein: "I like the feeling of words doing as they want to do and as they have to do" [p. 3], and goes on to say that she admires the way Stesichoros broke away from the conventional use of language: "Stesichoros released being" [p. 5]....

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PRAISE FOR

"The most exciting poet writing in English today.... A rare    talent -- brilliant and full of wit,passionate and also deeply moving."         - Michael Ondaatje

"A novel in the shape of a poem, a classical story made contemporary--wry, poignant, beautiful and occasionally erotic. Carson writes like an angel--Her passions recall that incandescent chronicler of love Elisabeth Smart [and] Malcolm Lowry--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

"Amazing -- I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing."  - Alice Munro

"Wildly imaginative and inventive--The first dozen pages will convince anyone--that Carson is an authentic and original talent."                   - Douglas Fetherling, The Ottawa Citizen