Bakkhai by Anne CarsonBakkhai by Anne Carson


byAnne Carson, Euripides

Hardcover | December 22, 2017

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Anne Carson writes, Euripides was a playwright of the fifth century BC who reinvented Greek tragedy, setting it on a path that leads straight to reality TV. His plays broke all the rules, upended convention and outraged conservative critics. The Bakkhai is his most subversive play, telling the story of a man who cannot admit he would rather live in the skin of a woman, and a god who seems to combine all sexualities into a single ruinous demand for adoration. Dionysos is the god of intoxication. Once you fall under his influence, there is no telling where you will end up." "
Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living at New York University. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur Genius" Award. She is the author of Nox; Glass, Irony and God; The Autobiography o...
Title:BakkhaiFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:96 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8.3 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:December 22, 2017Publisher:New Directions PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0811227103

ISBN - 13:9780811227100

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As a translator, Carson is well aware that her work must issue from the ever-changing afterlife of the original, an approach that requires cultural and textual fluidity. In short, Carson, like Euripedes, is unafraid to take risks.Her translation of this Greek tragedy, first performed in 405 BC, reawakens the original's sublimity and gives us the opportunity to be absorbed and shocked anew by the story of Dionysus.In traversing the eternal pull between what humans call reason and what that reason deems primal, Carson's trademark simplicity allows this work to feel simultaneously ancient and contemporary.For two decades Carson's work has moved - phrase by phrase, line by line, project by improbable project - in directions that a human brain would never naturally move. The approach has won her accolades and an electric reputation in the literary world.Anne Carson is a daring, learned, unsettling writer.The poetry in her translation is light, swift, and beautiful.Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today.