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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the QSpell A.M. Klein Poetry Prize
Award-winning poet Anne Carson joins the Vintage Canada list with this stunning work, both novel and poem, both unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon embarks on a journey that unleashes his creative imagination to its fullest extent.
Anne Carson lives in Montreal where she is the Director of Graduate Studies, Classics at McGill University. Her many awards include the QSPELL A.M. Klein Poetry Prize, the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize.
"The most exciting poet writing in English today.... A rare talent -- brilliant and full of wit,passionate and also deeply moving." - Michael Ondaatje
"A novel in the shape of a poem, a classical story made contemporary--wry, poignant, beautiful and occasionally erotic. Carson writes like an angel--Her passions recall that incandescent chronicler of love Elisabeth Smart [and] Malcolm Lowry--This romantic fable is--a rare (red) bird among Canadian novels--A wonderful book of dense, glittering prose poetry that is both timely and timeless." - Katherine Govier, Time
"Amazing -- I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." - Alice Munro
"Wildly imaginative and inventive--The first dozen pages will convince anyone--that Carson is an authentic and original talent." - Douglas Fetherling, The Ottawa Citizen