May 22, 2024


Art Is Experience

Spain’s Asturias award honours Canadian poet Anne Carson

Canadian essayist and poet Anne Carson, writer of the non-fiction e-book Eros the Bittersweet and the verse novel Autobiography of Purple, will be honoured this 12 months with 1 of Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Awards.

The jury of the literature award — 1 of the 8 handed out every year by a foundation named following the heir to the Spanish throne, explained Thursday that Carson “has reached a stage of intensity and mental solvency that area her amid the most exceptional writers of the present.”

With her sturdy track record in classical scientific studies and languages, Carson is identified for combining poetry, translation, prose and even script-crafting into her operates.

Dependent loosely on a Greek fantasy, 1998’s Autobiography of Red is 1 of her best-identified publications.

Autobiography of Purple, amid Carson’s best identified operates, is a modern-day retelling of Greek mythology. (Peter Smith)

At 69, she has been pointed out as a prospect for the Nobel Prize in Literature in latest yrs. She at the moment teaches at the College of Michigan.

“Her get the job done maintains a commitment to emotion and imagined, with the analyze of custom and the renewed existence of Humanities as a way to attain much better consciousness of our time,” the jury wrote in its decision.

The annual Princess of Asturias awards, in categories ranging from arts to athletics, are amid the most prestigious in the Spanish-talking world. Recipients are awarded €50,000 (about $seventy six,000 Cdn) at a lavish ceremony in October.