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Biblioasis Winter 2020

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Here the Dark
By (author): David Bergen
David Bergen

Imprint:

Biblioasis - Windsor

ISBN:

9781771963213

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Mar 10, 2020
$22.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 5 x 0.5 in | 270 gr

Page Count:

224 pages
Biblioasis
FICTION / Short Stories
Short stories|Fiction: general and literary|Narrative theme: Sense of place
 
Scotiabank Giller Prize 2020, Short-listed

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE • A NEW YORK TIMES NEW & NOTEWORTHY BOOK • A GLOBE AND MAIL TOP 100 BOOK FOR 2020 • A CBC BEST FICTION BOOK FOR 2020 • "His third appearance on the Giller shortlist ... affirms Bergen among Canada's most powerful writers. His pages light up; all around falls into darkness."—2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury • “David Bergen’s command is breathtaking … His work belongs to the world, and to all time. He is one of our living greats.”—Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

From the streets of Danang, Vietnam, where a boy falls in with a young American missionary, to fishermen lost off the islands of Honduras, to the Canadian prairies, where a teenage boy’s infatuation reveals his naiveté and an aging rancher finds himself smitten, the short stories in Here the Dark explore the spaces between doubt and belief, evil and good, obscurity and light. Following men and boys bewildered by their circumstances and swayed by desire, surprised by love and by their capacity for both tenderness and violence, and featuring a novella about a young woman who rejects the laws of her cloistered Mennonite community, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner David Bergen’s latest deftly renders complex moral ambiguities and asks what it means to be lost—and how we might be found.

David Bergen has published eight novels and a collection of short stories. His work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He won the Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between. In 2018 he was given the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. His latest novel is Stranger. He lives in Winnipeg.

Praise for Here the Dark

"Sexual loneliness and moral confusion pull at the delicately wrought characters in David Bergen's latest work, a story collection of masterly skill and tension. His third appearance on the Giller shortlist—including the 2005 winner, The Time in Between—affirms Bergen among Canada's most powerful writers. His pages light up; all around falls into darkness."—2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury

“Striking.”—New York Times Book Review

“Bergen’s style is taut, devoid of overblown ‘writerly’ prose … He brings to mind Ernest Hemingway … A masterclass in fine writing.”—Toronto Star

“Gripping … Here the Dark highlight[s] the nuance in every decision; more often than not, no ‘right’ choice is offered. It’s love — not faith — that saves.”—Winnipeg Free Press

“Bergen’s prose is always tight and clear, but in his novella it takes on an eerie quality; the story is both immediate and dreamlike … Lily never feels less than real. In the hands of a less skilled author, her character—uneducated, religious, sexually frustrated—might fall into trope territory, but Bergen never lets that happen.”—Quill & Quire

"Lulled by confident and poetic prose, the reader could be fooled into missing the nuance of Bergen’s writing: it lives in the detail, the gesture, the words spoken and how they’re received ... It is a refined stream-of-consciousness, turned cinematically outward, often to nature—human or otherwise. The turns are so carefully done we don’t realize we are on the precipice of action until the ground falls out from under us, opening the stories up, like the crumbling earth, to a new equilibrium ... It is for all the questions, lingering and gathering force, that I will be continuing to pick up this outstanding collection."—Malahat Review

“A wondrous experience … Because Bergen is such an astute and generous writer he has been able to give Lily the precious gift of a full and rich character and it will be a long time before I forget her.”—Guelph Today

Praise for David Bergen

“David Bergen’s command is breathtaking, and Stranger is a work of genius. There is not one sentence out of place in this book, not one missed stitch. This is a novel with the tension of The Road and the moral heft of The Power and the Glory. His work belongs to the world, and to all time. He is one of our living greats.”—Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

“The gorgeous lyricism of David Bergen’s latest novel recalls the atmosphere of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.”—Maclean’s

Stranger is an engrossing human exploration of displacement and inequality. . . Bergen paints a dire reality that isn’t far off from the current state of affairs in the United States. Stranger feels like a caution, warning of the dangers of continued disunity and the growing rift from inequality.”—Toronto Star

“Inventive and electrifying. . . Skilled and gutsy. . . Brilliant and utterly convincing. . . [Stranger] reminds us that even in the best-known stories, something unexpected is always lurking, if you go deep enough.”—Globe & Mail

“David Bergen has written arguably his best novel. . . The book manages the rare feat of being profound and important but at the same time absolutely gripping.”—Quill & Quire

“At once grand and intimate, Stranger is an epic story with a very human heart.”—Rachel Giese, Chatelaine

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