Anne Carson

Autobiography of Red

Autobiography of Red


This is a volcanic journey into the soul of a winged red monster named Geryon. It is queer coming-of-age love story, a Greek myth retold, and a modern classic.

Tormented as a boy by his brother, Geryon escapes to a parallel world of photography. He falls deeply in love with Herakles, a golden young man, who deserts him at the peak of infatuation. So Geryon retreats ever further into the world created by his camera, fascinated by his wings, his redness and the fantastic accident of who he is. But all is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by Herakles’ return.

Autobiography of Red is a deceptively simple narrative filled with currents of meaning, emotion, and the truth about what it’s like to be red. An extraordinary, modern epic poem - moving, disturbing and delightful.

'Totally engrossing' Ocean Vuong

'This book is amazing - I haven't discovered any writing in years that's so marvellously disturbing' Alice Munro

‘A profound love story...sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender’ Ruth Padel, New York Times Book Review

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