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Mr. Singh Among the Fugitives
By (author): Stephen Henighan
Stephen Henighan

Imprint:

Linda Leith Publishing

ISBN:

9781988130293

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English
Mar 25, 2017
$18.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 5 x 0.7 in | 240 gr

Page Count:

210 pages
Linda Leith Publishing
FICTION / Satire
  • Short Description

The fearless Stephen Henighan skewers Canadian culture in this new comic novel.

R.U. Singh has always known he is destined to live the life of an English country squire. After a few false starts, in Bombay, Thunder Bay, and Toronto, he settles into a comfortable existence as a small-town Ontario lawyer, much solicited for the diversity he lends committees and conclaves. But?lest he forget?he is accepted only at the whim of his woman in white, a commanding university administrator, and by her whim can also fall. Mr. Singh Among the Fugitives sends up the multicultural aspirations of Canadian identity, pokes fun at our glitterati, and, tongue firmly in cheek, issues a warning: be careful who you pretend to be.

Stephen Henighan is a novelist, academic, and translator. He is the author of over a dozen previous books, including the short story collection A Grave in the Air and the novel The Path of the Jaguar. He has been a finalist for the Governor General?s Award, the Canada Prize in the Humanities, a McNally Robinson Fiction Prize, a National Magazine Award, and a Western Magazine Award. Henighan is General Editor of the Biblioasis International Translation Series, and teaches Spanish-American literature in the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph.

The bite in Henighan's satire comes from his observation that Mr. Singh has come to exactly the right place: The CanLit establishment, after all, is still very much stuck in the 19th century. The mandarins of culture rule over what is symbolized with a cosy garden party that Mr. Singh crashes by stepping through a hedge... "What makes Henighan's satire work is its measured tone and ambiguity. His representation of the cultural elite as lazy and complacent, corrupt and entitled, greedy, hypocritical, privileged and vindictive, is unmistakably fierce, but it's presented in a reserved manner that allows for subtle moral shadings." -- Alex Good, Toronto Star, 15 April 2017

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