Eros the Bittersweet
A book about love as seen by the ancients, Eros is Anne Carson's exploration of the concept of "eros" in both classical philosophy and literature. Beginning with: "It was Sappho who first called eros 'bittersweet.' No one who has been in love disputes her. What does the word mean?", Carson examines her subject from numerous points of view and styles, transcending the constraints of the scholarly exercise for an evocative and lyrical meditation in the tradition of William Carlos William's Spring and All and William H. Gass's On Being Blue.
Epigrammatic, witty, ironic, and endlessly interesting, Eros is an utterly original book by an author whose acclaim has been steadily growing since the book was first published in 1986 by Johns Hopkins.
Title Eros the Bittersweet
Author Anne Carson
Title First Published 01 February 1993
Nb of pages 121 p.
Publication Date 01 February 1993
Nb of pages 121
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in.
List Price $13.95
Eros is an issue of boundaries. He exists because certain boundaries do. In the interval between reach and grasp, between glance and counterglance, between 'I love you' and 'I love you too,' the absent presence of desire comes alive. But the boundaries of time and glance and I love you are only aftershocks of the main, inevitable boundary that creates Eros: the boundary of flesh and self between you and me. And it is only, suddenly, at the moment when I would dissolve that boundary, I realize I never can.
Eros the Bittersweet [is] a work of great charm in itself, an intellectual exercise that dazzles ... without stunning, flashes without blinding, and concludes leaving us brighter and smarter. -Guy Davenport
Anne Carson is a rare talent—brilliant and full of wit, passionate and also deeply moving. -Michael Ondaatje
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