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Antigonick - Winner of the Criticos Prize

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The visuals also often appears completely independent of the story, though also occasionally reference the original text, such as the wild horses seem to nudge the metaphor Kreon uses about breaking women that does not appear in Carson’s telling. 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. I have to confess to making one very grave mistake with this book, which was to purchase a paperback edition in the hope of saving a few dollars. By leaving us with Nick, still measuring, Carson inverts the traditional Sophoklean notion that it is better to learn, as Kreon does, even too late.

It dramatises its own eccentricity, evoking a portrait of the author in a state of distraction; the words of the translation are printed in handwriting (Carson's own), almost entirely without punctuation, in tiny capital letters that are both neat and a little frantic. I was the fool, not you,” he cries out, addressing his dead son, “to trample out the thing I held most dear. I’ve always been quite fond of the tale of Antigone, the daughter of tragic hero Oedipus and his mother Jocasta who stands up in defiance of the State and her own Uncle. Her poetry at it's best, like Antigone's character, is a thrilling combination of hot-blooded instinct and dispassionate resolve.Antigonick is a comic-book presentation of Sophokles' Antigone in a translation by Anne Carson, with text blocks hand-inked on the page by Carson and her collaborator Robert Currie.

In his Antigone of Sophocles (in David Constantine's excellent translation), Brecht frames it in the context of World War II and Hitler's debacle (Creon is adapted from a tyrannical but nonetheless complicated figure in Sophocles into the mindless "Führer"). Antigonick is a translation of Sophocles's Antigone only in the loosest sense—with significant changes and metatextual additions to the original, an extra character, and illustrations with interpretations left open to the reader, it could easily be considered a different work altogether. Recommendation: if this book were the standard text of the play alone, I'd probably give it four stars, and I'd recommend it for the text to people interested in ancient drama in modern translation. This is where Carson's best work is staged: in the uncanny gateway between the temporal and the timeless; in the nick between the world of powerboats and the sublime, terrifying realm of the dead and the still lively gods.Creo que Carson acaba de darme un ejemplo claro de por qué el traducir es tan cercano al arte, a la creación. Antigonick is a comic-book presentation of Sophokles’ Antigone in a new translation by Anne Carson, with text blocks hand-inked on the page by Carson and her collaborator Robert Currie. This book brought back the euphoria of discovery I felt while reading plays in high school English classes. I agree it is problematic to have Antigone say things like "BINGO," despite Carson's clear intention to speak to a contemporary reader. Antigone, the daughter of ill-fated Oidipus, whose brothers Eteokles and Polyneikes (Carson's own spellings), kill each other in battle, goes against her uncle Kreon's edict to leave Polyneikes unburied, knowingly inviting her punishment of death.

A timeless classic that is frighteningly relevant as ever: the dispute between religious and secular laws, authoritarianism and its depredation on culture and faith, and the perils any type of extremism brings. But of course there is hope look here comes hope / wandering in / to tickle your feet // Then you notice the soles are on fire. The book needs to be held, the overlays played with, and the ability to flip back support by the physical text.

This is less a translation of Sophocles' Antigone than a separate poetic drama inspired by the ancient Greek. She later says "the nick is the time of the line itself, the scan of poetic meter," leaving the images aside.

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