The Green Child by Herbert ReadThe Green Child by Herbert Read

The Green Child

byHerbert Read

Paperback | September 17, 2013

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The Green Child is the only novel by Herbert Read — the famous English poet, anarchist, and literary critic. First published by New Directions in 1948, it remains a singular work of bewildering imagination and radiance. The author considered it a philosophical myth akin to Plato’s cave.

Olivero, the former dictator of a South American country, has returned to his native England after faking his own assassination. On a walk he sees, through a cottage window, a green-skinned young girl tied to a chair. He watches in horror as the kidnapper forces the girl to drink lamb’s blood from a cup. Olivero rescues the child, and she leads him into unknown realms.

Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.
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Title:The Green ChildFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.57 inPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811221822

ISBN - 13:9780811221825

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The Green Child is a mesmerizing novel that resists categorization and simplification. — Lincoln Michel, Tin HouseThe Green Child has narrative and stylistic lucidity as startling as some of its fantasy. — The New YorkerIf you want to imagine what it would be like to exist beyond desire, beyond loneliness, and even beyond identity, The Green Child is the book to read. — The Washington PostThe Green Child conveys a private sense of glory. The same type of glory that impelled Christian writers to picture the city of God. — Graham Greene