The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson
A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos

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The Beauty Of The Husband is an essay on Keats’s idea that beauty is truth, and is also the story of a marriage. It is told in 29 tangos. A tango (like a marriage) is something you have to dance to the end.

This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice–29 “tangos” of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects–love–and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.

About Anne Carson

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Anne Carson lives in Canada.
Published February 19, 2002 by McClelland & Stewart Ltd. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The lightness of touch is the saving grace—narrated in standard prose, this would be at once unremittingly drab and thoroughly old hat—that makes this doomed marriage different from all other doomed marriages we have read about.

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Anne Carson's unclassifiable style and post-confessional voice are on display in her new volume, a meditation on lust and the disaffection of the heart.

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