Volume 18.4

Winter 1994 – 128 pages

Contributors: Tristan Bernard; Joyce Carol Oates; Don McKay; Nalo Hopkinson; Lui Liu; David Donnell; Kirk Gonnsen; Fulvio Tomizza; Armando Pajalich; George Angel; Robert Priest; David Homel

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Tristan Bernard of France died at the age of eighty-one in 1947. He wrote forty plays and fifty novels, and was known as the “French Mark Twain.” He was best known for The Little Café, the play that launched Maurice Chevalier on his movie career, and As It Is Spoken, which was a standard at the Comédie Française. The Exile, written in 1932, is the shortest play ever produced.


Joyce Carol Oates of the United States is one of the foremost writers of our time. Among her many novels and collections of stories are: The Assignation, Because It Is Bitter And Because It Is My Heart, I Lock My Door Upon Myself, Oates In Exile, What I Lived For, an updated edition of On Boxing, and coming in the fall, Zombie.

DON MCKAY – Four Poems

Don McKay of Canada has published Air Occupies Space, Long Sault, Lependu, Lightning Ball Bait, Birding Or Desire, and Night Field.

NALO HOPKINSON – Midnight Robber

Nalo Hopkinson of Canada is a young writer, and this is her first published story.

LUI LIU – Twelve Drawings

Lui Liu of China is outstanding among young artists emerging in that country. He has exhibited in the National Gallery of China, the Forbidden City Palace in Beijing, the Union Gallery in Hong Kong, as well as in various American cities, and Milan and Toronto.


David Donnell of Canada has published poetry: Poems, The Blue Sky, Dangerous Crossings, Settlements, and China Blues – Poems And Stories, and prose: Hemingway In Toronto/A Post-Modern Tribute, and The Blue Ontario Boat Race.

KIRK GONNSEN – Sandbox Lullaby

Kirk Gonnsen of Canada is a young writer, and this is his first published story.


Fulvio Tomizza of Italy has been awarded the Premio Strega, Italy’s most distinguished literary award, as well as the Austrian State Prize for European literature. Among his twenty-two books that explore life along the Italian frontier are Materada, The Fifth Season, The Town Of Miriam, Shameful Liasons, Heavenly Supper, A Better Life, and Alle spalle di Trieste. So far, only Heavenly Supper has appeared in English.

ARMANDO PAJALICH – On the 18th Anniversary of P.P. Pasolini’s Murder

Armando Pajalich of Italy is a poet and professor in Venice. He is the author of Cantari di Penelope & di Gilgamesh, Un po’ di poesia, Se anche solo una notte hai creduto, and Gipsoteca. The poem published here was written by Pajalich in English.

GEORGE ANGEL – Stiller Birds

George Angel of the United States and Colombia has appeared several times in Exile, and in other magazines like Fiction International and Caliban.

ROBERT PRIEST – Resurrection in the Cartoon

Robert Priest of Canada has published The Mad Hand, The Man Who Broke Out Of The Letter X, Sadness Of Spacemen, The Visible Man, and Scream Blue Living: New And Selected Poems.

DAVID HOMEL – An Ark Among the Flags

David Homel of Canada, an award-winning translator and journalist, has published two novels, Electrical Storms and Rat Palms. His third novel, Sonya and Jack, from which this chapter is taken, will appear this spring.

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