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A Call for Cultural Symbiosis
Jüri Talvet, H.L. Hix
2005
In a provocative and thoughtful essay, Estonia's preeminent poet and cultural critic, Jüri Talvet, investigates the role of culture in the postmodern world. Against the large background of historical values in western and world culture, Talvet inveighs against monologues and grand narratives launched by Western centers, envisaging instead a cultural...
A Dive into My Essence
Claude Péloquin, Michel Albert, Jennifer Sullivan
1990
This collection of prose pieces expressing the creative life of the enfant terrible of Quebecois literature represents one man's self-exploration of his life and writing. Translated from the original French version, Une plongée dans mon essentiel, published by Guernica in 1985, it is the first time Peloquin's work appears in English.
A Small Map of Experience: Reflections & Aphorisms
A Small Map of Experience
Reflections & Aphorisms
Leonidas Donskis, Karla Gruodis
2013
To entail, scan and embrace more knowledge of what is and what ought to be done in fewer words -- to make a statement as short, concise, terse and pithy as possible while rendering the sights it opens as vast as possible -- is the principal intention of the practitioners...
America: La fortune d'un nom
America
La fortune d'un nom
Amerigo Vespucci, Albert Ronsin
1991
The Renaissance Florentine navigator Amerigo Vespucci made two voyages to the West, the first in 1499-1500 and the second in 1501-1502. During these expeditions, he explored over 6,000 miles of coastline and determined that the lands Columbus discovered were not islands off the continent of Asia but were part of...
Delft Blue & Objects of the World: Archives I and II
Louise Warren, Karen McPherson
2013
Archives are often depicted as musty repositories, museum cellars, warehouses shoring up retaining walls against forgetfulness and the inevitable erosions of time. Objects deposited in the archives are tucked away for safekeeping. But Louise Warren's archives are not file boxes or document lockers. They are not relegated to closed cabinets...
Halifax: The Other Door to America
Halifax
The Other Door to America
Pietro Corsi
2012
Pietro Corsi's Halifax combines objective history with acute personal observations to create a vibrant portrait of the city (and the country) that has witnessed the arrival of millions of immigrants from around the world. It is the story of one immigrant's feelings as he journeyed from old to new; and...
Impromptu: A Trilingual Edition
Impromptu
A Trilingual Edition
Amelia Rosselli, Gian Maria Annovi, Diana Thow, Jean-Charles Vegliante
2014
This is a trilingual -- Italian, English and French -- edition of Amelia Rosselli's last original collection of poetry in Italian. Written in 1979, Impromptu, as the title suggests, came about in a burst of creativity following a long period of silence and mental illness. Impromptu is a long poem...
Interviews with the Phoenix
Fulvio Caccia, Daniel Sloate
1997
Translated from the French by Daniel Sloate, with an introduction and preface by Fulvio Caccia. Interviews with fifteen Italian-Quebecois artists, spanning three generations. Including interviews with first-, second-, and third-generation Italian-Canadians painters, writers, and musicians -- all of whom in some overt way address issues of transculturation or cultural hybridity...
Obsessed with Language: A Sociolinguistic History of Quebec
Obsessed with Language
A Sociolinguistic History of Quebec
Chantal Bouchard, Luise von Flotow
2009
A fascinating study of the French-Canadian dialect, this insightful analysis examines the intimate relationship between Quebec and its heartily defended dialect, from 19th-century Parisian French to the joual of the 1960s.
Stones into Bread
Vito Teti, Francesco Loriggio, Damiano Pietropaolo
2018
This is a book about a small Southern Italian village and its offshoots in Toronto. It's about bread and figs and food in general, about Carnival and pilgrimages to religious sanctuaries, about fathers, mothers and children, about migrating and about remaining, about yearning to leave if you've stayed and yearning...
Talking It Out: The October Crisis from Inside
Talking It Out
The October Crisis from Inside
Francis Simard, David Homel
1987
In October 1970, Canada experienced incredible social turmoil. What political restlessness that had been keeping Quebec on its toes finally exploded. Terrorist groups of young men and women, known as Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) decided to go down to the streets and attempted to bring about what had...
Tell Me What Moves You
Philippe Haeck, Antonio D'Alfonso
2020
Haeck's intensity is such that he needs to use the fragment to complete an on-going project of finding his way to luminosity. Behind a deliberate modesty, the output is voluminous. Never boastful, Haeck introduces his prose as notes, poem-essay, poem, life-poem, life-novel, as if what he wrote did not merit...
Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster: Selected Aphorisms
Maria Luisa Spaziani, Marco Sonzogni, Bob Lowe
2010
Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster is the first book of Maria Luisa Spaziani's aphorisms in English translation. Linking aphorism and poetry, she "shows no trace of hypocrisy," as Gino Ruozzi observes, and "her pungent and elitist dictates scourge accepted ideas and cut to the quick a lot of...
The Courage of Poetry
Paul Chamberland, Raymond Chamberlain
1987
The Courage of Poetry is an ars poetica, not in a technical sense, but as a declaration of the intent and function of poetry. As such it treats the most general and lofty themes with the most serious of purposes. Despite the very largeness of the questions it poses, however,...
The Southern Question
Antonio Gramsci, Pasquale Verdicchio
2006
Antonio Gramsci's The Southern Question remains as provocative today as it was when it was written. During ten years of political imprisonment under Mussolini's Fascist government, Gramsci produced The Prison Notebooks, a continued meditation on subjects and relationships first proposed within the pages of this essay. The purpose in re-introducing...
Writing Our Way Home
Licia Canton, Caroline Morgan Di Giovanni
2013
Writing Our Way Home is an important contribution to literary studies. “Italian-Canadian writers are not just Canadian writers, but world writers,” states literary critic Elena Lamberti in the introduction to Writing Our Way Home. “They write from Canada with an original point of view on multiple (hybrid) identities and have...