Will Aitken launches Antigone Undone

You are invited to join Will Aitken at 7pm on Thursday, February 1st at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly to celebrate the launch of his new book, Antigone Undone! All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Will Aitken has written three novels - Realia, A Visit Home, and Terre Haute - as well as Death in Venice: A Queer Film Classic. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

In 2015 Will Aitken journeyed to Luxemburg for the rehearsals and premiere of Anne Carson's translation of Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove. 
In repeatedly watching the play, he became struck by the plight of the young woman at the centre of the action. "Look what what these men are doing to me," Antigone cries, expressing the predicament of the dispossessed throughout time. Transfixed by the play, he finds himself haunted by its protagonist, finally resulting in his own suicidal breakdown. 
With a backstage view of the action, Aiken illuminates the creative processes of Carson, Binoche, and van Hove, and offers a rare glimpse into collaborative genius in action. He also investigates the response to the play by Kierkegaard, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler and others, who, like him, were moved by its timeless protest against injustice.

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