Granta 141: Canada

Granta 141: Canada

Granta Canada Guest Edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thien marks the th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation when the British colonies of Canada Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united In t

  • Title: Granta 141: Canada
  • Author: Catherine Leroux Madeleine Thien
  • ISBN: 9781909889101
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Guest Edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thien.2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, when the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united.In this special issue of Granta, we celebrate the diversity of social, political and literary life in Canada, the largest country in the western hemisphere, and one of the few wheGuest Edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thien.2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, when the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united.In this special issue of Granta, we celebrate the diversity of social, political and literary life in Canada, the largest country in the western hemisphere, and one of the few where the experiment of multiculturalism appears to have workedBringing you the best new fiction, reportage, photography, poetry and memoir from Canada, this issue showcases the best of both the English and French literary communities, throwing a spotlight on an enigmatic nation with a rich literary heritage.

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    A collection of short stories, poetry, images etc. focused on Canada and Canadians, guest edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thien. Language is a key topic in Canada:The land has sixty unique Indigenous language dialects, and, according to census data, more than two hundred languages reported as a mother tongue or home language.It is hardly surprising, then, thatLanguage becomes its own landscape in this issue of Granta. Language falls apart, twists, reformulates, shatters and revives itse [...]

    A phenomenal collection of poetry, photographs, fiction, memoir and so much else. The focus is often on language and Canada is full of languages. How can language capture the nuances of translation, of native dialect, of mixing of old and new (Cajun and French and English), of the wilds, of ancient traditions, of recovery of history, especially that which is unquestionably disturbing.I was especially drawn to the work of Rawi Hage, Douglas Coupland, Kim Fu, Lisa Moore, Naomi Fontaine, Alexander [...]

    An outstanding survey of contemporary Canadian literature.The highlights were Anakana Schofield's novel excerpt, Dionne Brand's poem, Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux's bilingual introduction, photos and text by Rawi Hage, and stories by Alain Farah, Anosh Irani, Alexander MacLeod, and Souvankham Thammavongsa. There was a lot good besides.

    ayearofbooksblog/2018/02/What is Granta you might ask? It is the “magazine of new writing”. Their website describes that “each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now”. Founded in 1889 and named after a river flowing near the Cambridge University, it is a quarterly celebrated for its’ themed issues. Although it is categorized as a magazine, it is a really more like a book, an anthology or a collection of stories.T [...]

    On the whole I enjoyed this less than some of the most recent editions of Granta. Much of the writing was more experimental than I was in the mood for. The final story, 'Tshinanu' by Naomi Fontaine is worth seeking out for its description of an indigenous person preserving their language in an English speaking society.

    I enjoyed some of these short stories and extracts from novels and feel I gained some small insight of what it means to be a Canadian. Previously I hadn't been aware of Canadian authors, apart from Margaret Atwood, but now I will seek out some of their work- from their background I think they will have very interesting stories to tell.

    The collection is very diverse but I found it uneven and not one of the stronger Grantas. A short story by Nadim Roberts is very powerful but much of the rest is slight

    Some stories were better than others. I don't think these really represent the best that Canada has to offer though.

    Some of the best Canadian fiction and nonfiction I've read. Absolutely superb collection of great English and French Canadian authors. Highly recommended.

    An exceptional issue that opens strong with two engaging pieces. Madeleine Thien's strong introduction in both French and English opens the issue with a beautiful nationalist tone. Then, Nadim Roberts' terrifying, honest, and brutally brave portrait of three Canadian residential school escapees (Bernard, Dennis, and Jack) and the repercussions of the country's decades of coming to terms with its mistakes, missteps, and reconciliations. Margaret Atwood's story about mushrooms communicating with a [...]

    Another profound collection of writings. I appreciate the exposure to these writers to the North. Only one writer presented here, Margaret Atwood, had I read before. I will look for other works, particularly by Larry Tremblay, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Lisa Moore, and Johanna Skibsrud now, though.This collection addresses the racist past of Canada. "Mangililuk's Highway" is an account of the horrors of Residential Schooling, recounting the insensitivity of the Euro-Canadian ruling class, the trau [...]

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