Anne Carson

Contributors: Bianca Stone

An illustrated new translation of Sophokles' Antigone

Anne Carson's fresh new translation of Sophokles' Antigone

Anne Carson has published translations of the ancient Greek poets Sappho, Simonides, Aiskhylos, Sophokles and Euripides. Antigonick is the first time she's making translation into a combined visual and textual experience. Sophokles’ luminous and disturbing tragedy is here given an entirely fresh language and presentation, making the fundamentally human issues of death and honor, family and morality as relevant as ever.

The text itself is hand-lettered on the page by Anne Carson, and this one-of-a-kind edition features stunning drawings by Bianca Stone printed on translucent vellum pages that overlay the text.


More Praise…

“[Antigonick] is both riveting and humorous. Bianca Stone's illustrations are immediate and visceral, and Robert Currie's overall book design has elegance and strength.”

The Globe & Mail [UK]

“It is a cry of grief posed in question form, emphatic, handwritten, excessive and abbreviated and, in this sense, a measured scream that gives us some sense of who or what lives on when it is all too late.”

— Judith Butler, Public Books

“A beautiful, bewildering book, wondrous and a bit scary to behold, that gives a reader much to think about without making it clear how she should feel.”


Antigonick is as much a re-telling as it is a testament to the importance of Antigone in Western art, of re-tellings, and of refiguring narrative. ”

Critical Mob

“One of the best designed books of the year and a unique reading experience. ”

Suicide Girls

“Stone's illustrations and the hand-lettered text make Antigonick a beautiful object.”

The Wall Street Journal

“Anne Carson's is among the most inventive, astringent sensibilities in modern letters.”

— George Steiner, The Times Literary Supplement

“This is where Carson's work is best staged: in the uncanny gateway between the temporal and the timeless; in the nick between the world of powerboats and the sublime, terrifying realm of the dead and the still lively gods. ”

New Statesman

“Carson's poetry convinces. Carson's work is irrepressibly modern and provoking. ”

Barnes & Noble Review

“It captures, too, the rift between our everyday efforts to keep ourselves busy, and infinite tragedy: that raw nick between Tuesday and death. ”

The Guardian

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