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

by Carson, Anne

  • ISBN: 9780375408045
  • ISBN10: 0375408045

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

by Carson, Anne

  • List Price: $24.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publish date: 02/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780375408045
  • ISBN10: 0375408045
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Description: Upon publication of her most recent collection of poems, Men in the Off Hours, Anne Carson was hailed by the New York Times Book Review for her "great intellectual and emotional knowledge, to every bit of which she brings powerful perception and a freshness as startling as a loud knock on the door". In this brilliant new book, as in her acclaimed verse novel, Autobiography of Red, she tells a single story. A longtime love, now a crumbling marriage, unfolds in 29 "tangos" of narrative verse, informed by the romanticism of Keats, the wisdom of the classical world, and, most important, Carson's own unique sensibility.

The unnamed narrator -- sometimes "I", sometimes "the wife" -- speaks of the man she calls only "the husband", illuminating moments that are by turns sensual, erotic, painful, and heartbreaking:

So why did I love him from early girlhood to late middle age ...?

Beauty. No great secret. Not ashamed to say I loved him for his beauty. As I would again if he came near. Beauty convinces....

The Beauty of the Husband is an extraordinary work that explores the oldest of lyrical subjects -- beauty, desire, love, betrayal -- with freshness and devastating power.

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