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112 pages, Hardcover
First published October 26, 2021
"Chorus: We go in grief.H of H is a beautiful facsimile of Anne Carson's personal playbook about Euripides's tragedy Herakles. Herakles is an embodiment of manly violence—when he returns home after many years of fighting enemies and monsters (the Labors of Herakles), he discovers that he cannot adapt himself to domestic life. He goes mad and murders his wife and children. Once lucidity returns, he wants to commit suicide. But his friend Theseus intervenes:
We go in tears.
So many swift and dirty years.
We've lost a man of greatest merit,
truly a devil of a spirit,
our greatest, our most legendary friend."
H of H: "I cannot rise. Too heavy with filth and sin."
Theseus: "Give me your hand."
H of H: "I'll stain you."
Theseus: "I'll take it."