Volume 9.1

Spring 1982 – 161 pages

Contributors: Patrick Kavanagh; Gyorgy Moldova; Irving Layton; Robert Marteau; Margaret Atwood; Istvan Csurka; Diane Keating; Barry Callaghan; Josef Skvorecky

status: VERY RARE; price: 19.50 CAN / $14.00 US; Order # E091


Patrick Kavanagh of Ireland, who died in 1967, was the most important Irish poet between Yeats and the contemporary writers Montague, Heaney and Kinsella. He is best known for Tarry Flynn and his long poem The Great Hunger. Lough Derg was unpublished during his lifetime.

GYORGY MOLDOVA – The Sixth Book of Moses

Gyorgy Moldova of Hungary is one of the country’s bestsellers. His collection of humorous writings, Hungarian Atom (1978) won the Grand Prix for foreign humour in France. His serious writings include The Holy Cow, Once You’ve Caught a Whiff of Engine Smoke, and the novels Forty Preachers and St. Emery March.


Irving Layton of Canada is one of the most prolific poets in the country. He has published The Covenants, Droppings from Heaven, The Love Poems of Irving Layton, The Tamed Puma, The Tight-Rope Dance, The Uncollected Poems 1936-1959, For Thy Neighbours In Hell, and Europe and Other Bad News; and Wild Peculiar Joy (McLelland & Stewart). Illustration accompanying the poems is a silver coin from the period of Bar-Kokhba. It shows the façade of the Hekhal, the Sanctuary.


Robert Marteau of Canada and of France has published fiction and poetry: Royaumes, Travaux sur la Terre, Sibylles, Atlante, Pentcote and Traite du Blanc et des Teintures.

MARGARET ATWOOD – Murder in the Dark

Margaret Atwood of Canada is the author of several novels including: The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, Bodily Harm and several volumes of poetry including: Two-Headed Poems, True Stories and Murder in the Dark.


Istvan Csurka of Hungary is a dramaturg and short story writer. Among his story collections are Extension No. 105 (1964), A Horse Is Also Human (1968), and In the Stream of Light (1972). His Lament for a Janitor is one of the finest Hungarian plays of the seventies.


Diane Keating of Canada has published several books of poems which include In Dark Places and Mad Apples.

BARRY CALLAHAN – Seven Last Words

Barry Callahan of Canada is a poet, translator and short story writer. He has published The Hogg Poems and Drawings, translations from the work of Robert Marteau: Atlante,Treatise on Tincture and White, Interlude, and translations from the Serbian poet Miodrag Pavlovic, Singing At The Whirlpool. His The Black Queen Stories appeared in 1982. These poems set in Leningrad are part of a sequence, Seven Last Words.

JOSEF SKVORECKY – Oh, Maytime Witch

Josef Skvorecky of Canada is an internationally acclaimed novelist and short story writer who emigrated from Czechoslovakia after the Soviet Invasion in 1968. Winner of the 1980 Neustadt International Prize in Literature, he has published several novels, including The Cowards, Miss Silver’s Past, and The Bass Saxophone. Oh, Maytime Witch is part of a collection of short stories.

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