Evidence by Ian ColfordEvidence by Ian Colford

Evidence

byIan Colford

Paperback | April 1, 2008

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The very human story of a young refugee striving to improve his life in a world that seems at every turn to conspire against him. He is not always likeable, but his struggles have a universal quality that readers can recognize.

Ian Colford's first story was published in 1983 and he has subsequently had more than twenty pieces of fiction, reviews and essays published in a variety of periodicals. Travel to Greece, Portugal, Turkey and Italy have laid a foundation upon which much of his recent fiction is constructed. His work has won awards and has been nominate...
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Title:EvidenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 5.57 × 0.64 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843031

ISBN - 13:9780889843035

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From the Author

While writing Evidence I was motivated by the fascination that many people share for things `foreign'. I also wanted to cloak my narrative in mystery and uncertainty. Not mystery in the conventional sense of What happens next? But something more along the lines of Who are these people and why are they doing these things? My favourite books have always been those that persuade the reader to turn the page, not because of a plot-driven story line, but because the world the author has created is so odd and so compelling -- that is, familiar while at the same time utterly outside our experience -- that the reader cannot pull him- or herself away until the final page. In works of this nature the world in which the action takes place becomes a puzzle that the reader is trying to solve. These books can be disorienting or even disturbing, but the best of them leave an indelible impression on the mind. Something else I was thinking of while I was writing is the sort of elemental sketch that with a few simple lines suggests a shape or figure, and yet when we look at it our mind transforms the lines into a complete picture. I deliberately stripped the narrative of detail in order to provide the reader's imagination with an opportunity to fill in the blanks.

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`The polyglot Kostandin comes to English as a sixth or seventh language, which may explain some of the book's curious formality. But the writing is also emotionally understated so as not to come across as stilted, and the impersonal effect is less generic than otherworldly. Colloquial rhythms and figures of speech are avoided.`Kostandin's earnestly revealing yet objective way with words gives the impression of an exile not even at home in his own skin, as when he awakes after a near-fatal car accident to feel pain filling his body ``like liquid filling a vessel.''`The result is a book less concerned with story than mood. Kostandin's suspicious nature is the product of a lifetime filled with experiences of loneliness, otherness and vulnerability -- feelings he recognizes in himself and develops a sensitivity to in others. This in itself makes Evidence something of an exotic work of Canadian fiction, presenting history and geography in expressionistic, psychological terms, and without much recognition of community at all. Like Kostandin, it stands a bit apart.'