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War Cantata / Child Object is a set of two plays in one book by Larry Tremblay. The first play, War Cantata, was translated from French to English by Keith Turnbull, and the second, Child Object, by Chantal Bilodeau. The book is available from Talonbooks for $18.95.
How far will humanity go in its quest for power? Why do we desire to eliminate each other through war? War Cantata looks at ways the impulse for violence is transmitted from one generation to the next; for example, when a father teaches his son hatred to transform him into a soldier impervious to pity. Without focusing on a particular battle or soldier, this harsh, intense, choral text builds the rhythmic power of words to expose war’s spiral toward hatred.
In Child Object, with child as a blank page, a man sets about constructing his ideal companion, manipulating personality, gender, and body. The child becomes the ultimate consumer good.
August 12, 2018, is Buy a Quebec Book Day. Celebrate by purchasing a recent Talonbooks book in translation!Friday July 27, 2018 in Meta-Talon
Next year marks the tenth anniversary of Fred Wah’s is a door : to celebrate, Talon takes a look back at how the book got its name.Thursday March 8, 2018 in Meta-Talon
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon
By Carl Peters
On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)
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