By Carson, Anne; Sophocles

An illustrated new translation of Sophokles’ Antigone.

Anne Carson has released translations of the traditional Greek poets Sappho, Simonides, Aiskhylos, Sophokles and Euripides. Antigonick is her seminal paintings. Sophokles’ luminous and annoying tragedy is right here given a wholly clean language and presentation. This paperback variation contains a new preface through the writer, “Dear Antigone.”

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ISBN 978-0-8112-2292-1 ISBN 978-0-8112-2293-8 (e-book) I. Carson, Anne, 1950– II. Title.


ALSO BY ANNE CARSON AVAILABLE FROM NEW DIRECTIONS the albertine workout glass, irony & god nox the task of the translator of antigone dear Antigone: your name in Greek means something like “against birth” or “instead of being born” what is there instead of being born? it’s not that we want to understand everything or even to understand anything we want to understand something else I keep returning to Brecht who made you do the whole play with a door strapped to your back a door can have diverse meanings I stand outside your door the odd thing is, you stand outside your door too that door has no inside or if it has an inside, you are the one person who cannot enter it for the family who lives there, things have gone irretrievably wrong to have a father who is also your brother means having a mother who is your grandmother a sister who is both your niece and your aunt and another brother you love so much you want to lie down with him “thigh to thigh in the grave” or so you say glancingly early in the play but no one mentions it again afterwards oh you always exaggerate!

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