Synopses & Reviews
Ground Works celebrates the innovators behind the unruly iconoclasm at work in Canada's best fiction. Sometime between the 1960s and 1980s Canadian society began unbuttoning itself, and our experimental writers helped loosen the threads. This anthology exhibits the first deep breaths. From Leonard Cohen's Beautiful Losers to John Riddell's Pope Leo El Elope (a tale that recounts a papal assassination, using only the letters E, L, O, and P) to the most radical écriture féminine of Audrey Thomas and Gail Scott, Ground Works displays Canadian writing as it's never been seen before. The idea for the anthology was Margaret Atwood's. She introduces Ground Works, and joins forces with avant-garde poet Christian Bök to collect the very best experimental fiction written in English between 1965 and 1985.
"What these pieces have in common is an irreverence that never placates or retracts, as even edgier mainstream fiction must. All of the material in Ground Works-whether the basis for the experiment is language itself or the structural hierarchies of narrative-will wrestle with you." (Globe and Mail)
"Ground Works is a tribute to the founding parents of Canadian literature, who not only weren't afraid to engage in linguistic experimentation but who, in the process, built the foundation of the Canadian publishing industry upon which others now sit so comfortably." (National Post)
"Ground Works reveals the extensive foundations underpinning today's own impressive experimenters." (Quill & Quire)
About the Author
Christian Bök is an academic and poet whose most recent book, Eunoia, won the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002. Margaret Atwood is one of the world's preeminent novelists and the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize.