Rawi Hage likes to think of himself as a historical novelist, but you wouldn’t know it from reading his new novel Carnival. Set in an unspecified time, in an unnamed city, it contains no historical figures or events.
As one of Canada’s early modern poets, a woman who lived almost a century and spent the better part of it making some of the most startling, masterful writing we’ve seen, P. K. Page cut her own path.
From the reader’s vantage, the book hinges on characters meeting themselves. What makes All the Voices Cry hold our attention is that the characters can’t see it.
Kirby, a lawyer with one of Canada’s largest firms, skilfully draws on his experience to tell the tale of five homeless people murdered on the streets of Montreal on Christmas Eve.
Literature abounds with similarly uninspired narrators, which makes me wonder why loser narrators are so popular.Why do we buy these books when writing guides tell us no one wants to read about losers?