City of Orphans

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April 1994



A young Pole in a Canadian internment camp during World War I becomes obsessed with a female visitor. A contemporary young woman's baby develops a mysterious illness while her own life is invaded by dreams of a homesick Norwegian princess from the 14th century. The father of a British child disappears on the Canadian frontier in the early 1950s. Luminous, sensual, haunting, "City of Orphans" weaves fantasy and reality together into stories of dreamlike intensity and hypnotic visual power.


Patricia Robertson was born in England, near Manchester, and emigrated to Kitamat, B.C. when she was still very young. A City of Orphans is her first collection, though several of these stories have previously appeared in Quarry, Matrix, and the Second Macmillan Anthology. City of Orphans was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize -- awarded to the best novel or story collection written by a British Columbia writer. Past winners have included Blue Husbands by Don Dickinson (1992) and Bad Imaginings by Caroline Adderson (1994). City of Orphans has been praised for its sensual and haunting stories and for Patricia Robertson's accomplished and sophisticated writing. Patricia Robertson currently teaches at Yukon College in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she lives with poet and journalist Erling Friis-Baastad.


'These ten stories show off Robertson's imagination and expansive stylistic range to full advantage. Several of the stories draw from her experiences abroad, while others are set in backwoods British Columbia, where Robertson grew up. The characters range from a teenage hustler, to a mysterious baker who is suddenly possessed by a long-dead Norwegian princess, to an aging homosexual man living in self-imposed exile. The stories in The City of Orphans are as different from each other as snowflakes, but they share similar themes: grief, suffering, defeat, rejection and always some mystery. There is a quality of inscrutability in Robertson's work that makes it a perfect tonic for boredom.' eye weekly 'City of Orphans is, astonishingly, Robertson's debut collection of short stories. Astonishing, for her work is so assured. She has the strong narrative control that's necessary for anyone using magic realism as a story-telling device. In the ten stories that make up this collection, magic and fantasy heighten the stories, without overwhelming them.' Montreal Gazette 'One moment I was reminded of Virginia Woolf, at another Kafka; later of Marguerite Yourcenar, but those moments were fleeting. Robertson and her characters are independent and completely realized. Read these stories now. Now, before they become part of the anthology-stew that steals the flavour and the delight of personal discovery each of us feels when we encounter an author with a voice that speaks so directly, we know she's writing for us alone.' -- Charles Lillar Victoria Times-Colonist
EAN: 9780889841765
ISBN: 0889841764
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 1994
Seitenanzahl: 160 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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