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- DescriptionThis tell-all book by M.A.C. Farrant, whom Publishers Weekly has celebrated as a brave icoclast and whose work the Globe & Mail has said bristles with moral fury ... at the absurdities of our accelerated age and a great dose of laugh-out-loud humour, offers her readers thing less than The Strange Truth About Us. A three-part vel-length work of prose fragments, snippets, questions, speculations, and meditations, by turns philosophical, dark, comedic, and lyrical, it attempts to imagine a multitude of possible futures for our garrisoned world. Antations About an Absence is a series of 115 numbered antations to the day-long ruminations of a retired couple living in a gated community attempting to create an imaginary vel in which they express their fears about the future: We attempt to express the universal confusion of mind that is the main feature of contemporary life. Which is? We are afraid. Woman Records Brief Notes Regarding Absence is written as a series of tes to these antations, providing (in the utterly blank spirit of transparency) a running satiric narrative on the project. Each of these tes is written as if it were a description of a late-night TV movie or the content of a wet Jehovah's Witness pamphlet left on a woman's doorstep that has taken hold of her mind. Other Prose Surrounding Absence comprises twenty-seven prose pieces that take aim at a globalized world bludgeoned by the threat of end times --climate change, species extinction, pandemics, and really bad politics--that seem designed insofar as we are able to retain our status as individuals. Unique in style and approach, engaging, enigmatic, controversial, and delightful, this book is an attempt to prick the bubble of our complacency in the face of the awful atrocity we've made for ourselves.
- Author BiographyM.A.C. Farrant is the author of ten collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction; a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years ; a book of humorous essays, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs ; and the stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years, which premiered at Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre in 2013. A full-time writer currently residing in North Saanich, British Columbia, Farrant's work as been nominated for many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Van City Book Prize, the National Magazine Awards, the Gemini Award (for the Bravo short-film adaptation of her story Rob's Guns & Ammo ), the Victoria Book Prize, and two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for her play My Turquoise Years, among others. She is a regular book reviewer for the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post. Farrant has taught writing at the University of Victoria, the Victoria School of Writing, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and was Writer-in-Residence at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
- Author(s)M A C Farrant
- PublisherTalon Books,Canada
- Date of Publication22/12/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintTalon Books,Canada
- Weight277 g
- Width140 mm
- Height211 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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