Imprint:Linda Leith Publishing - Montreal
Product Form:Electronic book text
Dimensions:8in x 5 x 0.4 in
Page Count:154 pages
The roots of this book are real and full of characters and heroic stories of the sort one might expect from migration tales, , evoking border crossings past and present.
In Abou Farman's hands the stories turn into a larger meditation on movement, conveyed with humour and a subtle irony. Clerks of the Passage takes us on a journey in the company of some strange and great migrants, from the 3.5 million year-old bipedal hominids of Laetoli, Tanzania, to an Iranian refugee who spent seventeen years in the transit lounge at Charles de Gaulle airport, from Xerxes to Milton to Revelations, from Columbus to Don Quixote to Godot.
Abou Farman is an anthropologist, writer and artist whose writing has appeared in numerous publications including Maisonneuve, The Utne Reader, The Globe and Mail and the National Post, garnering two Critic'd Desk Awards from Arc, Canada's national poetry magazine, and two Canadian National Magazine Award nominations. His film credits include screenwriter on Sound Barrier (Tribeca Film Festival) and Cut! (Venice Film Festival) and producer on Vegas: Based on a True Story (Venice Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival), all directed by Amir Naderi. As part of the duo Caraballo-Farman, he has exhibited installation and video art at the Tate Modern, UK, and PS1/MOMA, NY. Clerks of the Passage is his first book.