Despair And Other Stories Of Ottawa

Despair And Other Stories Of Ottawa

Book - 1998
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These eight stories reveal a world that's both recognizable and strange: cities of anxiety and violence, where quiet inhabitants lead outwardly banal lives that conceal sinister interiors. The premises, both fantastic and surreal, are also eerily plausible; they often follow the logic of dreams where the real can appear in disguise. Though geographically rooted, the setting - from Ottawa to Toronto and the South of France - take on an ephemeral dimension: the geography is of the subconscious.

With his darkly philosophical bent and sly humour, Alexis has fashioned an underworld and limned it with light. Despair quakes with life and sings with the imaginative brilliance of one of the most accomplished new talents writing today.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1998, 1994.
ISBN: 9780771006661
Branch Call Number: ALE
Characteristics: 229 p.


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ser_library May 16, 2017

surreal and funnier than 15 dogs, particularly the Ottawa stories

You have to like short stories and you have to enjoy surreal literature in the 'geography of the subconscious" as the review on the back of the book states. The writing may be brilliant but this genre is a taste I have yet to acquire. I hope he writes more like "Fifteen Dogs", that was worth the wait on the list.

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