The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos

The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos

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By (author) Anne Carson

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 8mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 19 February 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375707573
  • ISBN 13: 9780375707575
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 65,367

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The Beauty Of The Husband""is an essay on Keats's idea that beauty is truth, and is also the story of a marriage. It is told in 29 tangos. A tango (like a marriage) is something you have to dance to the end. This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice-29 "tangos" of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects-love-and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.

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Anne Carson lives in Canada.

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"An exquisite meditation on love and loss that reads with the emotional depth-and with the ongoing resonance-of a great novel."-"Elle ""[An] eerie, elliptical, very beautiful elegy for a failed marriage.... Her verse pierces the mind with a laserlike light."-"The New York Times ""Her best book.... Her poetry's form and sensibility are quite unlike anything else."-"The Globe & Mail "(Toronto)

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The Beauty Of The Husband" is an essay on Keats's idea that beauty is truth, and is also the story of a marriage. It is told in 29 tangos. A tango (like a marriage) is something you have to dance to the end. This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice-29 "tangos" of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects-love-and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.