The Bukowski Agency - Stone Country

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328 pages hardcover
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Canada: Penguin, 2003

ABOUT GEORGE BOWERING

George Bowering (Photo: Danielle Schaub)
(Photo: Danielle Schaub)

George Bowering is a major figure in Canadian literature, and has written over forty books. He has won the Governor General's Award twice: once in 1969 for poetry, for the books Rocky Mountain Foot and The Gangs of Kosmos; and again in 1980 for fiction, for Burning Water. In 2003, he was appointed Canada's first Poet Laureate.

Stone Country
An Unauthorized History of Canada

by George Bowering

UNEXPECTED AND UNFLINCHING IN ITS CONCLUSIONS AND APPROACH, STONE COUNTRY IS AN ENTERTAINING, PROVOCATIVE AND ULTIMATELY ENTHRALLING PORTRAIT OF CANADA

Stone Country coverLong famed for his literary criticism, poetry and fiction, George Bowering has moved on to a successful new phase of his career, telling Canadians about themselves in an irreverent fashion no historian would attempt. In this third volume on Canada’s past, he forces us to reckon with things we’ve spent centuries trying not to see. With unabashed love for his country, he shows it, warts and all.

PRAISE FOR GEORGE BOWERING

Stone Country has the standard architecture of Canadian history, but the tone and language of a Kurt Vonnegut novel.... [It has] irony and wit, two qualities absent from most Canadian histories.”  — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Enough irony, subversion, and playfulness for any postmodern fan.”  — BOOKS IN CANADA

“Bowering continues to be committed to 'pushing the envelope' at every turn of phrase.”  — THE VANCOUVER SUN

“In Bowering's B.C., Bowering's tale is anything but conventional.... [He] has produced a riveting retelling of events with all the racism, hypocrisies, lunatics, and charlatans left in.”  — MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE

“In Egotists and Autocrats ... George Bowering has written an elegant, witty, penetrating, cynical, and ironic history of Canada seen through the lives of its prime ministers. Bowering’s tone is engagingly conversational and opinionated.”  — TORONTO STAR

 

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