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    DescriptionSimone Weil described "decreation" as "undoing the creature in us"-an undoing of self. In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson explores this idea with characteristic brilliance and a tantalizing range of reference, moving from Aphrodite to Antonioni, Demosthenes to Annie Dillard, Telemachos to Trotsky, and writing in forms as varied as opera libretto, screenplay, poem, oratorio, essay, shot list, and rapture. As she makes her way through these forms she slowly dismantles them, and in doing so seeks to move through the self, to its undoing.


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    Title
    Decreation
    Subtitle
    Poetry, Essays, Opera
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anne Carson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 245
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400078905
    ISBN 10: 1400078903
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    DC21: 811.6
    DC22: 811.6
    BISAC V2.8: POE005010
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    10 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Anne Carson was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; was honored with the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize, both for poetry; and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. IN 2001 she received the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry-the first woman to do so; the Griffin Poetry Prize; and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She currently teaches at the University of Michigan.
    Review quote
    "One of the most interesting gatherings of material that any poet has published within living memory. . . . She is quite unlike any other poet writing today." -"The Economist""Exhilarating . . . Carson takes risks, subverts literary conventions, and plays havoc with our expectations. She is a wonder: an unconventional poet who has a huge following among today's readers of poetry and whose work has been honored with our most prestigious literary awards . . . When it comes to content, most poetry is boring compared to Carson's . . . She writes as if every poet, writer, religious thinker, and philosopher who has ever lived is still our contemporary . . . Carson is immensely learned. [Her] prose, with its clarity, compactness, and memorable epigrams, reminds me of Emerson . . . To work with fragments of ancient lyric poems, as Carson does, is to [be] an archaeologist of the invisible whose tools are her learning and her imagination . . . She is interested in her characters in a way that most poets are not. Her language is the language of fiction and the manner in which the stories are told resembles magical realism with its wild imaginings and its carnival atmosphere. As for her subject matter, she writes perceptively and amusingly about men and women in love, their jealousies, their misunderstandings, and the solitude which they are not able to overcome . . . The essays in "Decreation "are full of marvelous insights . . . What the poet and the authentic thinker share, according to Heidegger, is their ability to wonder at how things exist and to live with that wonder. Carson reminds us that poeticizing in this broader philosophical sense and in the narrow sense of the poetic have always been related. The play of philosophical ideas makes [all] her books worth reading . . . Enthralling, masterful, engaging, stunning, inspired, impressive, profoundly moving, poignant, probing."-"The New York Review of Books""Cool, resolute, smart, and lovely . . . Carson has emerged in th