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I, Bartleby Books

  • Autor: Meredith Quartermain
  • Editor: Talon Books,Canada
  • Relaese Date: 30 April 2015
  • ISBN: 088922918X
  • Format Book: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
  • Number of page: 128 pages
  • File Size: 37MB
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Description I, Bartleby de Meredith Quartermain:

In these quirkily imaginative short stories about writing and writers, the scrivener Quartermain (our "Bartleby") goes her stubborn way haunted by Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Robin Blaser, Daphne Marlatt, and a host of other literary forebears. Who is writing whom, these stories ask in their musing reflections - the writer or the written? The thinker or the alphabet? The calligrapher or the pictograms hidden in her Chinese written characters? Intimate jealousies between writers, wagers of courage and ambition, and histories of the colours violet and yellow are some of the subjects in the first section, "Caravan." Struggles of mothers, fathers, and sisters (and the figures drawn in the Chinese written characters that represent them) unfold as tales of love, death, and revenge in the group of stories in the second section, "Orientalisme." In "Scriptorium," the third section, we find out how Bartleby's father, a Caucasian cook specializing in Chinese cuisine, got Bartleby into writing in the first place. In the fourth series of stories, "How to Write," we learn how Bartleby loses her I while meeting Allen Ginsberg, Alice Toklas, and a real Chinese cook who works in a fictional house of Ethel Wilson, and how Malcolm Lowry's life came to an end. The fifth and last section, "Moccasin Box," investigates how a Sebaldesque Bartleby is silenced by Pauline Johnson. Taking its cue from genre-bending writers like Robert Walser and Enrique Vila-Matas, I, Bartleby cunningly challenges boundaries between fiction and reality. Meredith Quartermain is acclaimed for her depictions of places and their historical hauntings. Vancouver Walking won the BC Book Award for poetry. Nightmarker was a finalist for the Vancouver Book Award, and Recipes from the Red Planet, her book of flash-fictions, was a finalist for a BC Book Award. In Rupert's Land, her first novel, a town girl helps a residential-school runaway in Alberta in the 1930s. Quartermain was the 2012 Writer in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library, where she led workshops on songwriting and writing about neighborhoods, and enjoyed doing manuscript consultations with many writers from the Greater Vancouver community. She's now continuing these activities as Poetry Mentor in the Writer's Studio Program at Simon Fraser University. She has taught English at the University of British Columbia and Capilano College and led workshops at the Naropa Summer Writing Program, the Kootenay School of Writing, and the Toronto New School of Writing. In 2002, she and husband, Peter Quartermain, founded Nomados Literary Publishers, through which they've published more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, memoir, and drama.

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