Imprint:Linda Leith Publishing
Dimensions:8in x 5 x 0.7 in | 240 gr
Page Count:210 pages
The fearless Stephen Henighan skewers Canadian culture in this new comic novel.
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