Synopses & Reviews
This anthology of Canadian experimental writers evokes the rich and unexpected heritage of current Canadian fiction. It contains groundbreakingly ruptured, side-splittingly excessive, weirdly lucid, and above all, endlessly interesting writing. Contributors include Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen, Graeme Gibson, Christopher Dewdney, George Bowering, and Matt Cohen, as well as innovators such as Ray Smith, J. Michael Yates, Gail Scott, Andreas Schroeder, Audrey Thomas, and Robert Zend.
"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)
The idea was Margaret Atwood's. She introduces Ground Works, and joins forces with avant-garde poet Christian Bok to collect the very best experimental fiction written in English between 1965 and 1985. Read unusual writing by such luminaries as Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen, Matt Cohen, George Bowering, Christopher Dewdney, Graeme Gibson, Steve McCaffery, and Daphne Marlatt.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-234).
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.