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Join Rosanna Bruno and Anne Carson to discuss their new comic-book collaboration based on Euripides’s famous tragedy.
This collaboration between the visual artist Rosanna Bruno and the poet and classicist Anne Carson attempts to give a genuine representation of how human beings are affected by warfare. Therefore, all the characters take the form of animals (except Kassandra, whose mind is in another world).
"Set in post-war Troy, this wrenching comics-poetry update of Euripides’ tragic play by poet Carson and artist Bruno embodies feminine narratives with wry lyricism. Bruno’s black-and-white illustrations literalize poetic metaphors to whimsical effect. Yet the cleverness and agility of this graphic work amplify its tragedies….Even the infamous Helen, a shape-shifter who appears as a silver fox and a mirror, must defend her life to her husband, the king Menelaos, after Hekabe wants her ‘sentenced to death out of her own mouth’ for her apparent complicity in the downfall of Troy…. Accompanied by a chorus of cows and dogs, Hekabe mourns the death of a final heir (drawn as a sapling) and says, ‘We can’t go on/ we go on.’ Such is the story of war and genocide throughout history, and in Carson and Bruno’s expert hands, it strikes as powerfully contemporary." --Publishers Weekly
One of the greatest and most influential of the Greek tragedians, Euripides, is said to have produced 92 plays, the first of which appeared in 455BC.
Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.
Rosanna Bruno is an artist who makes paintings, comics, and bad puns. Her first book, The Slanted Life Of Emily Dickinson (Andrews McMeel) was published in 2017.