H of H Playbook (Hardcover)

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H of H Playbook (Hardcover)

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A gorgeous facsimile edition (reminiscent of her classic book-in-a-box, Nox), H of H Playbook is a stunning re-creation of Euripides’s famous play, with illustrations by the author


H of H Playbook is an explosion of thought, in drawings and language, about a Greek tragedy called Herakles by the 5th-century BC poet Euripides. In myth Herakles is an embodiment of manly violence who returns home after years of making war on enemies and monsters (his famous “Labors of Herakles”) to find he cannot adapt himself to a life of peacetime domesticity. He goes berserk and murders his whole family. Suicide is his next idea. Amazingly, this does not happen. Due to the intervention of his friend Theseus, Herakles comes to believe he is not, after all, indelibly stained by his own crimes, nor is his life without value. It remains for the reader to judge this redemptive outcome.

      “I think there is no such thing as an innocent landscape,” said Anselm Kiefer, painter of forests grown tall on bones.
Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.
Product Details ISBN: 9780811231237
ISBN-10: 0811231232
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: October 26th, 2021
Pages: 112
Language: English
An evocative, artful reimagining of the madness of an ancient hero.
— Kirkus

Anne Carson’s shape-shifting powers are epic.
— Elissa Schappell - Vanity Fair

Carson applies the habits of classical scholarship, the linguistic rigour, the relentless search for evidence, the jigsaw approach to scattered facts, to the trivia of contemporary private life.
— Sam Anderson - New York Magazine

She is one of the few writers writing in English that I would read anything she wrote.
— Susan Sontag

Fans of Anne Carson, rejoice! From the iconic poet who penned Autobiography of Red comes a new retelling....Caron’s depth of knowledge about Greek mythology coupled with her poetic sensibility and illustrations is sure to breathe new life into this oft-told story.

— Lit Hub

A facsimile of Carson’s own personal playbook, “H of H” is a performance of thought, one that speaks not only to the heroic past but to the tragic present.
— Casey Cep - The New Yorker

Carson’s visual sense for the dramatic is put to good use in a play that bends towards irony and philosophical meandering. The muted colors?broken up by the intrusion of bright red or blue?are used effectively throughout, adding emotional overtones to large expanses of silence and negative space, to violence happening offstage.
— Cal Paule - Arkansas International

THE SANTA FE LITERARY FESTIVAL

Celebrating the power of story, the inaugural Santa Fe Literary Festival will be an unforgettable weekend dedicated to a shared love and language of ideas. Collected Works Bookstore is thrilled to be the official bookstore of the Festival. 

Bestselling, prizewinning authors and literary legends like Margaret Atwood, Joy Harjo, Colson Whitehead, Sandra Cisneros, John Grisham, amongst others, will headline the festival, discussing their work with readings and book signings that set the stage for further inspired conversations.

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Margaret Atwood     Freddie Bitsoie     Sandra Cisneros

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John Grisham     Roshi Joan Halifax     Joy Harjo

Anne Hillerman     Cheryl Alters Jamison     Craig Johnson

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Valeria Luiselli     Deborah Madison      Emily St. John Mandel

George R. R. Martin      James McGrath Morris     Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co. 

Carmella Padilla     Douglas Preston     Kirstin Valdez Quade

Bob Shacochis     Henry Shukman     Hampton Sides

Bryant Terry     Darryl Lorenzo Wellington     Colson Whitehead

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