The Bukowski Agency - Blood Sports

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ABOUT EDEN ROBINSON

Eden Robinson (Photo: Arthur Renwick)
(Photo: Arthur Renwick))

Eden Robinson is a Haisla woman who grew up near Kitimat, British Columbia. Her previous collection of stories, Traplines, was awarded the Winifred Holtby Prize for the best first work of fiction by a Commonwealth writer and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book of the Year. Monkey Beach, Robinson’s acclaimed first novel, won the B.C. Book Prize for Fiction, was a finalist for the 2000 Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award, and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Blood Sports

a novel by Eden Robinson

A CANADIAN BESTSELLER. WRITTEN WITH THE CUNNING OF ALICE MUNRO AND THE TWISTED VIOLENCE OF STEPHEN KING, BLOOD SPORTS EXPLORES THE BRUTAL EDGES OF COMPLICITY, WHERE SILENCE IS LETHAL, AND SECRETS CAN PULL DOWN EVERYONE YOU LOVE

Blood Sports coverBlood Sports follows the tortured fates of a few of the denizens of the Downtown East Side of Vancouver, the junkie hellhole of North America. They are young, streetwise, twisted souls caught up in drugs, prostitution, porn, and worse.

In the novella "Contact Sports" in Eden Robinson's award-winning collection Traplines, Tom Bauer—an epileptic, 16-year-old slacker—and his mother Christine were living in east Vancouver when Tom's cousin Jeremy moved in with them. When Jeremy becomes controlling and abusive, Tom makes him leave. They play an increasingly violent game of cat-and-mouse until Jeremy threatens to hurt Tom's mother. Tom capitulates and lets Jeremy move back in.

Blood Sports is set five years later in Vancouver in 1998. Christine has disappeared. Tom has hooked up with fellow ex-junkie Paulina, and they have recently had a baby named Melody when Jeremy and his henchmen reach out to traumatize them once more. Tom comes home from his job at a corner store to find Paulie and Mel missing, and two thugs waiting for him. The Kafkaesque nightmare that ensues would seem to have no place in the idyllic setting often referred to as Lotusland. By the end of the book, it is hard to think of the west coast—or human relationships—in the same way again.

Using a virtuoso array of voices and techniques, Eden has created a literary thriller packed with black humour that compels readers to turn the page in order to put together the pieces of the puzzle she has created. Whenever you think it can't get stranger, it does—right up until the final surprise: Tom's survival as a much stronger and wiser, although physically and mentally scarred—human being.

PRAISE FOR BLOOD SPORTS

“Like Leonard Cohen, Robinson combines a variety of narrative forms and conflicting styles with such a high degree of technical virtuosity that the very act of reading a cracked and splintered narrative becomes spellbinding, addictive, unstoppable, until the final payoff causes a reader to loop back to the first page and start in reading it again in a quite different and larger way.”  — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Eden Robinson writes with the violent beauty of a seasoned knifefighter…. She writes with a cool economy, a parsed precision; no wasted words, no wasted motion. In her hands, language is a weapon that can leave you bleeding, unsure of just how you were cut.”  — NATIONAL POST

“A gripping page-turner of a tale that should have Quentin Tarantino knocking down her door.”  — THE CALGARY HERALD

Blood Sports is both startlingly original and highly emotionally engaging.”  — WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

 

 

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