Tuesday, June 26, 2012

News at Eleven: [Anne] Carson's work is more of a rewriting

than a translation of the Sophoclean story. It is riveting and humorous. At one point, Kreon arrives with his new powerboat, "the ship of state" he claims to pilot in the play. At another point he calls the guard a goat's anus, a play on the word "tragedy" in Greek. It is full of such unexpected surprises and wordplay. However, it does cut out some of the balance of equal claims of the original. Antigone's valid claim of conscience overshadows King Kreon's claim of law.

from The Globe and Mail: A sublime Antigone from Anne Carson


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