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Saturday March 27, 2010 in Books
These new, off-side stories continue M.A.C. Farrant’s exploration of the relation of fiction to the evolving corporate construction of reality in the media and information age. Objective reality (what’s out there) in our culture has become a performance of make-believe (fiction), and the disassociation and confusion this causes in our private lives often triggers uncontrollable tragi-comic effects in people—a deadening lethargy and/or a destructive violence acted out in a context of the most excruciatingly bright banalities.
Reading The Origin of the Species today, we realize that the prevailing view of the universe is always only that—the prevailing view—and that the job at hand is therefore to discover the constantly recurring human “will to meaning,” the ways in which we frame existence, sustaining ourselves in the face of what we continue to convince ourselves is the inevitable.
Darwin Alone in the Universe stands against the view that we live in a “post-historical” world in which whatever history we now possess is served up as the current spectacle in a tyranny of the perpetual “now.” It is a reaffirmation of history as a process that clears a path through the world, making sense of making sense, temporarily. In this, or any world, literature becomes an antidote to the stranglehold the corporate media has on the public’s imagination, and is the place where uncontaminated thought can still be found, “where individual voices surface relentlessly like life-rings in a wild sea.”
ISBN 13: 9780889224711 | ISBN 10: 889224714
6 W x 9 H inches | 160 pages
$17.95 CAN / $13.95 US
Backlist | Fiction | Bisac: FIC019000
QUOTES OF NOTE
Farrant is better at startling us with unnerving, often misanthropic, visions of everyday life than perhaps any other Canadian writer.
— Globe & Mail
M.A.C. Farrant is a wonderful writer of domestic comedy."
— Bill Richardson, CBC
A brave iconoclast.
— Publishers Weekly
— January Magazine
About the ContributorsM.A.C. Farrant
M.A.C. Farrant is the acclaimed author of ten collections of satirical and humorous short fiction, and two works of non-fiction. Her writing has been widely anthologized in North America and has been dramatized for television. Farrant, who reviews books for the Toronto Globe & Mail and the Vancouver Sun, is also a frequent contributor to leading magazines such as Adbusters and Geist. Her stage adaptation of her memoir, My Turquoise Years, premieres with the Arts Club Theatre of Vancouver, April 4 – May 4, 2013, Granville Island Stage.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program; and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.