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    DescriptionIn this innovative rendition of "The Oresteia", the poet, translator, and essayist Anne Carson combines three different visions - Aischylos' 'Agamemnon', Sophokles' 'Elektra', and Euripides' 'Orestes' - giving birth to a wholly new experience of the classic Greek triumvirate of vengeance. After the murder of her daughter Iphigeneia by her husband, Agamemnon, Klytaimestra exacts a mother's revenge, murdering Agamemnon and his mistress, Kassandra. Displeased with Klytaimestra's actions, Apollo calls on her son, Orestes, to avenge his father's death with the help of his sister Elektra. In the end, Orestes is driven mad by the Furies for his bloody betrayal of family. Condemned to death by the people of Argos, he and Elektra must justify their actions - signaling a call to change in society, a shift from the capricious governing of the gods to the rule of man-made law. Carson's accomplished rendering combines elements of contemporary vernacular with the traditional structures and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, opening up the plays to a modern audience. In addition to its accessibility, the wit and dazzling morbidity of her prose sheds new light on the saga for scholars. Carson's "Oresteia" is a watershed translation, a death dance of vengeance and passion not to be missed.


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    Title
    An Oresteia
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by Anne Carson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780865479166
    ISBN 10: 086547916X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    B&T General Subject: 630
    LC classification: PA
    B&T Approval Code: A23304000, A24204000
    DC22: 882.01
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 882.0108
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: DRA006000
    B&T Approval Code: V26101090
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
    Imprint name
    Faber and Faber Inc
    Publication date
    02 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches Ancient Greek for a living. Her publications include "Eros the Bittersweet" (1986), "Glass, Irony and God" (1995), "Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse" (1998), "Economy of the Unlost" (1999), "The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos" (2001), "If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho" (2002), "Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera" (2005) and "Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides" (2006).