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Alexiss long-awaited second novel follows his award-winning Childhood.

Set in Ottawa during the Mulroney years, Asylum is André Alexiss sweeping, edged-in-satire, yet deeply serious tale of intertwined lives and fortunes, of politics and vain ambition, of the building of a magnificent prison, of human fallibility, of the search for refuge, of the impossibility of love, and of finding home. Whether he is taking us into the machinations of a government office or into the mysterious workings of the human heart, Alexis is always alert to the humour and the profound truth of any situation. His cast of characters is eccentric and unforgettable, all recognizable in one way or another as aspects of ourselves or people we know well. At the centre of the story, which covers almost a decade, is a visionary project to build an ideal prison, a perfect metaphor for the purest aspects of artistic ambition and for all that is great and flawed in the world.

André Alexis is a true original, one of the most talented and astute writers writing in Canada today. This dazzling novel is filled with tragedy, dry wit, intellectual grist. It is playful, linguistically accomplished, and psychologically profound. Its yearnings constitute the highest level of human concerns and pursuits. Alexis has written The Great Canadian Novel, with a twist.

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About the Author

André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Trillium Award, and was shortlisted for The Giller Prize and the Rogers Communications Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Alexis is the host and creator of CBC Radios Skylarking. He lives in Toronto.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780771006708
Publisher:
Emblem Editions
Subject:
General Fiction
Author:
Alexis, Andre
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090407
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.99 x 6.02 x 1.17 in 1.64 lb

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