Volume 20.3

Fall 1996 – 143 pages

Contributors: Nancy Huston; Gale Garnett; Dermot Healy; James Clarke; André Alexis; Vesna Parun; Slavenka Drakulic

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NANCY HUSTON – Instruments of Darkness

Nancy Huston of Canada now lives in France. Her novel, Cantique des plaines – published in English as Plainsong – won the 1993 Governor General¹s Award. Slow Emergencies is the second in a trilogy which began with Plainsong. She has also published in Harper¹s and The New Yorker.

GALE GARNETT – If I Had a Lover, I Would Make My Own Pickles

Gale Garnett of Canada is best-known as an actor in theater, film and television. As an essayist, she has been widely published in Canadian and American newspapers and magazines. She has also written over 100 songs, 75 of which have been recorded. An excerpt from her novel in progress, Visible Amazement, appeared in Exile, 19:2.

DERMOT HEALY – The Bend for Home

Dermot Healy of Ireland is the author of three novels and one book of poetry, The Ballyconnell Colors. The novels are: Banished Misfortune, Fighting with Shadows and Goat’s Song. His memoir, The Bend for Home will appear in the spring of 1997.


Judge James Clarke of Canada is a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, General Division. These are his first published poems. His book, Silver Mercies, will appear in the spring.

ANDRÉ ALEXIS – Childhood

André Alexis of Canada is the author of Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa.

VESNA PARUN – Five Poems

Vesna Parun of Croatia is considered one of the greatest Croatian modern poets. Since her first book of poems appeared in the late forties, she has published over thirty collections of poetry, prose and drama, including several volumes of stories and poems for children. In 1988, the Collected Poems of Vesna Parun were published. In the aftermath of World War II, her poetry was often attacked by the then Yugoslav state for its uncompromising individualism and sweet sensuality – the Communist nomenclature and the officially sanctioned criticism perceived Parun¹s work as decadent and bourgeois. The poems published here cover the poet’s early period, from 1947 to 1957. Vesna Parun lives in Zagreb, Croatia.


Slavenka Draculic of Croatia is a writer and journalist whose three novels, The Taste of a Man, Holograms of Fear and Marble Skin, and three non-fiction books, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, Balkan Express and Café Europa, have been translated into major European languages. Café Europa, a collection of essays, was published in 1996.

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