2004 Published Books
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The following five of Exile’s nine 2004 books can be purchased directly from us.
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100 LOVE SONNETS Poems - Pablo Neruda
Translated by Gustavo Escobedo. Introduction by Rosemary Sullivan

Pablo Neruda, the great Chilean poet, the Nobel Laureate, is still–some decades after his death–one of the most influential poets in the world. He was important, of course, because his work was so politically engaged, and so he came to popularity in North America during the turmoil of the Sixties. But in Chile he was equally cherished for his sensual and erotic poetry. His most singular work–aside from The Heights of Macchu Picchu–was Cien sonetos de amor (100 Love Sonnets), published in 1959. These sonnets, that stand beside Dante, beside Shakespeare, have been available in English only in a totally inadequate translation–but now, to mark the 100th anniversary of Neruda’s birth, we have a superb translation that captures his spirit and verbal dexterity.

Poetry, 4 colour paintings, bilingual (spanish); 6x9 223 pages: ISBN 1-55096-623-5

(pbk) $22.95CDN/$18.95US

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UPROAR’S YOUR ONLY MUSIC A Memoir and Poems - Brian Brett

This book begins with a personal, intense memoir. The memoir is a picaresque and kaleidoscopic preface to Brett’s new poems. Together, the memoir and poems constitute a vision that is half paradise, half abattoir. The memoir is all the more striking because as Brett tells of growing up in the shadow of his peg-legged, strongman potato-peddling father, he reveals that he is a hermaphrodite–sometimes angelic in his insights and also physically powerful, yet always on the brink of dying. Through excruciating pain in his bones and drug-induced hallucinations, he has stayed alive into his middle years as a poet-storyteller with a huge appetite for life and words–a man of brilliance and courage, who has confronted the essential questions and conundrums of existence.
"Brett transforms us with his richness and passion." –Patrick Lane

Memoir/Poetry; 6x9 166 pages: ISBN 1-55096-607-3

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WHITE GLOVES OF THE DOORMAN The Works of Leon Rooke - Edited by Branko Gorjup

In White Gloves of the Doorman, Branko Gorjup brings together 27 writers and critics from 6 countries–Canada, the U.S., Spain, France, Croatia & Italy–to assess, present, analyze, and celebrate the work of author Leon Rooke.
We look through their windows of essay, interview, review, personal reminiscence, parody, bibliography, and video into Rooke’s dazzling house of fiction. We see how this writer whom Michael Ondaatje has called "a magician with long sleeves" casts his spell and makes that house. We learn what he is standing guard for, the doors he opens into dark or shining secret rooms, and how his words perform their magic on the page.
This lively, ground-breaking book includes a BONUS DVD–"Tongue and Groove: A Portrait of Leon Rooke"–a one-hour film directed by Paola Marino, set largely in the author’s home and featuring dramatic readings of his work by Leon Rooke and friends.

Anthology/Essays; 6x9 458 pages: ISBN 1-55096-611-1

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STRANGE FUGITIVE A Novel - Morley Callaghan
Introduction by James Dubro

Strange Fugitive, Callaghan’s first novel, was originally published in New York in 1928. We can now see it was a prototype for the "gangster" novel in America. The story is set in Toronto in the era of the speakeasy and underworld vendettas. Harry Trotter, the "hero," is a man who cannot check his predilection for brutality. Incapable of reflection, it would never occur to him that he has become a thug. He is all feeling. He wants to feel good, successful, important. If he feels good, things must be right. Given this, as Robert Weaver has argued, "there is a prophetic strain in Strange Fugitive." Harry reminds us "of the anti-hero of The Stranger, the novel by Albert Camus . . . and he has a link with something as contemporary and as subject to argument as the movie Bonnie and Clyde."
Also, Strange Fugitive appeared as Stephen Leacock, in Sunshine Sketches of a Small Town, announced that small-town life was little more than a Mariposa of dreams. Strange Fugitive announced the coming of the urban novel.

Fiction/Short Stories; 6x9 245 pages: ISBN 1-55096-613-8

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IT’S NEVER OVER A Novel - Morley Callaghan
Introduction by Norman Snider

Callaghan’s second novel, written while he was living in Paris–imbibing with Joyce and Hemingway–has violence at its core–the story opens with the hanging of an ex-World War One soldier for involuntary murder. But first and foremost it is a story of love, a love haunted by that hanging. "It’s never over," the dead man’s sister says, as she seeks to possess the life of her brother’s closest friend, John Hughes, who–"because a hanging draws everybody into it"–contemplates murder himself. The murder of the sister. But he is no blindly violent Harry Trotter of Callaghan’s first novel, Strange Fugitive–no, Hughes’ deterioration is so subtle and so psychologically suggestive that F. Scott Fitzgerald called It’s Never Over Callaghan’s "death house masterpiece."

Fiction; 6x9 188 pages: ISBN 1-55096-615-4

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