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Eternal Hydra

Anton Piatigorsky

When a young scholar finds Eternal Hydra, a long-lost, legendary and encyclopedic novel by an obscure Irish writer, she brings the manuscript to an esteemed publisher, hoping to secure an international audience for the book. But Vivian's obsession with the dead author, who has materialized in her life, is challenged by the work of a contemporary historical novelist, and she's forced to face confounding questions about authorship, racism, and ethical behavior.

Weaving between modern-day New York, 1930s Paris and New Orleans in the years following the Civil War, Eternal Hydra is a postmodern look at the making of a modernist masterpiece.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Coach House Books
  • Publish Date: Apr 30th, 2005
  • Pages: 120
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 5.45in - 7.98in - 0.42in - 0.40lb
  • EAN: 9781552452011
  • Categories: Canadian

About the Author


Anton Piatigorsky's plays include The Offering, Mysterium Tremendum, Easy Lenny Lazmon and the Great Western Ascension, The Kabbalistic Psychoanalysis of Adam R Tzaddik, and the libretto for composer Brian Current's Airline Icarus. His plays have received productions in Canada, the United States, and Australia. He is the recipient of the 2005 Siminovitch Protégé Prize in Playwriting. Originally from Maryland, he now lives in Toronto.
Praise for this book
'A play of such tight structure, such cerebral content and such sure drama that the thoughtful theatregoer could hardly fail to be impressed.' - Globe and Mail