Nox (night) is a gorgeously printed and produced book with uncut accordion-style pagination in a clam shell box. It is also an elegy from a younger sister to her deceased brother who, to avoid jail time on drug charges, had largely slipped out of the family¿s life for years by living abroad under a fake passport. This poetical work, best read in one sitting, uses fragments of old photographs, hand-written letters, and other ephemera in combination with exploring origin/definitions of [root] words to simultaneously question and comprehend life, family, death, distance, meaning, history, and memory on a personal level. At times the passages are difficult to access and it seems as if the author, in her grief, is searching for intellectual rather than spiritual understanding. Ultimately, this quest leaves the reader, and perhaps the author, without satisfactory closure. However, the concept of this non-traditional formatted book succeeds blending interpretive content and trompe l'¿il graphics with a scroll of unfolding pages that seemingly serves as a bridge from one side (life, sister, recollection) to another (afterlife, brother, mystery).
msprint on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
This is a complex work by poety, Anne Carson. When her brother died she made an epitaph for him and now some years later is has been produced in the form of a boxed concertina book. It is sad without being maudlin, indeed it is often to the point and raw . The book production is amazing as the publisher has attempted to reproduce the book pages as much as possible like the originals - which adds to it poignancy. It gives the feel of the pages being pasted in or stapled and it is hard not to try to put a fingernail under what has been pasted into the original = they went to a great deal of trouble to give a book that feels authentic and is a pleasure to own. I will be buying more of her poetry.
Laura400 on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
As an object, this book is wonderful. The conception, the design, the packaging and printing all combine to create a special experience. If you love physical books, the physicality of books, you will appreciate this. As an elegy for her brother, or maybe for her uneasy relationship with her brother, the contents of the book also were moving and thought-provoking and brave and complicated. A unique experience, equally art and poetry perhaps. I laud Carson for sharing this and the publisher for taking a risk on it.
JimmyChanga on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
"History can be at once concrete and indecipherable. Historian can be a storydog that roams around Asia Minor collecting bits of muteness like burrs in its hide. Note that the word mute is regarded by linguists as an onomatopoeic formation referring not to silence but to a certain fundamental opacity of human being, which likes to show the truth by allowing it to be seen hiding."Good, but not on par with her other stuff, but it's also a very different kind of book. There is something unsatisfying to it that is probably on purpose, given the subject matter and how she probably couldn't find any resolution from it either. The presentation is amazing and gives this book an automatic extra star. If you didn't know already, it's an accordion book. I laid it out on my kitchen table like a sacred veil to be draped on the dead.
booksmitten on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
This book, unlike many you'll encounter, forces you (by its form and by its content) to inhabit ITS world. From the first page, there will be parts you don't understand. But you must trust Carson to lead you, for she is a guide like none you've ever met.All you have to know is that she had a brother. He disappeared, then reappeared, then was gone forever. Let the rest of this book wash over you.A favorite quote about translation: "But over the years of working at it, I came to think of translating as a room, not exactly an unknown room, where one gropes for the light switch...no use expecting a flood of light..."
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