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Antigonick - Winner of the Criticos Prize

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In this aspect, and occasionally even in its style, it's reminiscent of Ezra Pound's Sophokles: Women of Trachis . Este libro es una oportunidad para dejar de tomarse en serio (o demasiado en serio) aquellas obras clásicas que han sido tantas veces traducidas, interpretadas, diseccionadas, rearmadas, explicadas, adaptadas y todo lo -adas que quepa. Unlike versions of Antigone that try to capture the drama's grandeur (such as Robert Fagles's translation for Penguin) or to make it relevant (including Don Taylor's version, currently at the National Theatre), Carson's aims to show the difficulty of translation, the truly unbearable nature of tragedy.

That could also be true, if the illustrations were done in such a way that viewers knew those two themes were intended.Translation seems loosely applied, as it is more of a metatextual retelling in minimalism, often humorous, beautifully bizarre and explosively emotional. Some of her best works merge her two roles: Nox, a facsimile of Carson's own scrapbook, presented the reader with notes for a translation of a Catullus' elegy for his brother, poem 101, alongside photographs and notes detailing the history of her own brother, Michael, who died after a long disappearance. But of course there is hope look here comes hope / wandering in / to tickle your feet // Then you notice the soles are on fire.

The beauty of the tragedy is that you can read it on various levels, you can find multiple meanings in it – and Anne Carson aware of it (we get Hegel references for instance). Carson is nothing less than brilliant--unfalteringly sharp indiction, audacious, and judicious in taking liberties. Her latest book is The Trojan Women , a collaboration with Rosanna Bruno in a comic book reimagining of Euripides' tragedy, published in 2021 by New Directions (USA) and Bloodaxe Books (UK). Always with Carson, I find myself rereading the text, going back within the text, and rereading the entire work when "finished.I also seek out other texts that may illuminate Carson's which always seem just (tantalizingly) out of my reach, but close enough to hook my interest. It's a powerful contemplation on the right to resist the ruthless tyrant and his wars of conquests, the right to remain true to one's own human values and defy the appropriation of "patriotism" by corrupt and brutal rulers.

It's sad that the pictures, by Bianca Stone, don't try to either work with the text, or against it; it's sad Stone seems to think that this kind of freedom is both expressive and appropriate; it's sad that Carson chose this artist for the project: but worst of all is that reviewers, with almost no exceptions that I could find, think the images are interesting, good, and even profound. The book needs to be held, the overlays played with, and the ability to flip back support by the physical text.I have to confess to making one very grave mistake with this book, which was to purchase a paperback edition in the hope of saving a few dollars.

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