Antigonick - Winner of the Criticos Prize

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Antigonick - Winner of the Criticos Prize

Antigonick - Winner of the Criticos Prize

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Though it is not just the story that is delightful but this is a gorgeously crafted physical book as well, with handwritten dialogue and abstract art pieces by Bianca Stone (I adored her poetry collection What is Otherwise Infinite) on thin translucent sheets between the text. In Carson's hands, this small, familiar Greek volume takes on a thunderously fresh rhythm, a satisfying blend of poetry and prose. When the blind prophet, Teiresias, enters he looks to the Chorus instead of Kreon to declare ‘ Hail, King of Thebes’ as a reminder the power is in the people and not the King, lest he is a tyrant.

It's a powerful contemplation on the right to resist the ruthless tyrant and his wars of conquests, the right to remain true to one's own human values and defy the appropriation of "patriotism" by corrupt and brutal rulers. It’s indeed an act of revolt when Antigone secretly buries his brother Polyneikes against King Kreon’s tyranny where a domino effect of mishap and pain follows. It is an unhappy reflection on some contemporary literary culture, and on how the art world presents itself, that a translation as radical and eloquent as Carson's can be marred by such an irresponsibly chosen, poorly executed, effectively random series of pictures, and almost no one notices. Though each aspect of the book considered in itself is well and professionally done, the three don't really seem to gel. i was in a production of antigone two years ago and it was kind of an earth-shattering experience that forged within me a deep bond with the play.In addition to word play, there's poetry here that makes me cry because it's so beautiful, especially Carson's translation of the magnificent "Ode to Man" that comes at the end of the first act. Carson's cast has known them all: "Remember how Brecht had you do the whole play with a door strapped to your back? She meets his autocracy with insolence, as if to say: this breed of extremism can only be met with extremes.

Her testament that “I am born for love not hatred” is a response to his “Enemy is always enemy, alive or dead. The characters of the play even comment on various interpretations that have been offered by Bertolt Brecht and G.He makes certain changes, some lines and scenes are dropped, the play is prefaced with an inserted great dialogue between two unnamed sisters in Berlin in the final days of WW2, but nonetheless Sophocles' text is very much recognizable, showing what a great adaptation is about, something in which Carson fails. Carson updates the language to current times, with Antigone feeling rather modern herself with snarky responses such as when Kreon asks if she is the one who touched the body, Antigone spits out ‘ BINGO.

Unlike versions of Antigone that try to capture the drama's grandeur (such as Robert Fagles's translation for Penguin) or to make it relevant (including Don Taylor's version, currently at the National Theatre), Carson's aims to show the difficulty of translation, the truly unbearable nature of tragedy. And together with a brilliant supporting cast, this is a sure delight for Greek mythology and Anne Carson enthusiasts alike. com) But surely girls in miniskirts, with temples for heads, are not simply "opposing, irreconcilable forces": they are particular choices, and they're jarring in themselves, aside from their content. Everything I've read of hers- ( Autobiography of Red-Canada, Red Doc>, Nox, and now Antigonick-has been thought-provoking, fascinating, filled with language and images that are hauntingly beautiful. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Even the opening piece that introduces 'the task of the translator of Antigonick' contains lines and passages that I highlighted, phrases that seemed so new in the world.

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