Antigonick by Anne Carson

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And Carson has found a perfect avatar for her verse style in Antigone; her poetry at its best, like Antigone’s character, is a thrilling combination of hot-blooded instinct and dispassionate resolve.
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Antigonick is a comic-book presentation of Sophokles' Antigone in a new translation by Anne Carson, with text blocks hand-inked on the page by Carson and her collaborator Robert Currie. On separate translucent vellum pages, the artist Bianca Stone has created stunning drawings to overlay the text. Anne Carson has published translations of the ancient Greek poets Sappho, Simonides, Aiskhylos, Sophokles and Euripides. Antigonick is her first attempt at making translation into a combined visual and textual experience. Sophokles' luminous and disturbing tragedy is here given an entirely fresh language and presentation: it will provoke poetry readers, classical scholars, theatre people and comic-book aficionados.
 

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Sophocles (ca. 497/6-407/6 BCE) was the most acclaimed dramatist of his era, winning more than twenty festival competitions in ancient Athens. He is believed to have written 123 plays, but only seven have survived in complete form. David Mulroy is professor of classics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has translated "The Complete Poetry of Catullus" and "Oedipus Rex," both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by McClelland & Stewart. 180 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Emily Stokes on Jun 08 2012

Readers who are not familiar with ancient Greek texts will most likely feel a bit alienated by all this...

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Reviewed by Natalie Haynes on Jun 02 2012

Carson has perfectly captured Antigone's moral fervour and her almost erotic desire for death. The snappiness of her translation hits a different note from Sophocles, but this edition is a treat none the less.

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Reviewed by Ewan Whyte on Jun 22 2012

As it is presented, it is a complete reading experience. The book begins and maintains itself with little punctuation.

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Reviewed by Michael Lista on May 25 2012

And Carson has found a perfect avatar for her verse style in Antigone; her poetry at its best, like Antigone’s character, is a thrilling combination of hot-blooded instinct and dispassionate resolve.

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