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Seventh Circle, The
By (author): Benet Davetian
9780921870388 Paperback, Trade English FICTION / Short Stories Jan 16, 1996
$14.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.56 in | 320 gr 192 pages Ronsdale Press
Benet Davetian's starkly moving stories portray individuals enmeshed in social and political upheavals not of their own choosing: an innocent Somali farmer struggles to survive famine and war; a Serb sniper faces a bizarre opportunity to redeem himself; a Rwandan Hutu is forced to choose between his own life and those of his Tutsi in-laws; and an immigrant is detained in a Paris airport for six years. Developing incidents from his own experience in some of the world's most troubled countries, Davetian invests his stories with the lived feel of actuality. Yet he also moves beyond mind-numbing reportage to portray individuals in extremis, struggling to give meaning to their lives as they respond to social chaos. Also included is a story about the 1995 Quebec referendum, in which Devetian portrays Quebec's various communities with their sometimes surprising and paradoxical responses to the question of sovereignty. In Benet Davetian, Canadian fiction has found a new voice that writes of the dilemmas of identity at a level that reaches beyond national boundaries.

Benet Davetian is the winner of the Mordecai Richler award for his remarkable collection of short stories The Seventh Circle (1996). His fiction draws on a wealth of experience gained while living and travelling in Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States. He is the recipient of various communications awards and fellowships, including the Telegram "Care" award for creative achievement. For many years he lived in the St. Denis area of Montreal, where he was a Janovian therapist. He is now Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Prince Edward Island. His most recent book is Civility: A Cultural History (2009).

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