Colson Whitehead picks Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
It's a novel! It's a book of poetry! It's a novel and a book of poetry! And like all sturdy volumes, it can also serve as a coaster on a hot summer afternoon. The "Red" of the title is Geryon, red-winged monster and minor player in Greek mythology, struck down by Herakles during one of his labors. As this modern Geryon awakens to all the possibility of the world romantic, erotic, artistic Carson's playful and mind-bending reinterpretation is never less than bewitching. Do yourself a favor and get in touch with your inner red monster.
Whitehead's most recent novel is Sag Harbor
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