96 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.31 in
April 1, 2007
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1897109164
ISBN - 13: 9781897109168
From the Publisher
In Faceless , Genni Gunn explores "the impulse for the edge," a magnetic field between the gloss of the topside world and the grit of the world beneath. Both these landscapes are fascinating and treacherous, haunted by faces that are obsessively worn and shed, torn off and replaced, where identity itself is arbitrary. Impersonation, even of oneself, is the rule. In a piano bar, the musician is a chameleon adapting to the faceless men who sit around her piano. The faceless cadavers in the notorious BodyWorlds exhibits stalk the rooms while, in Gunns title poem, an ordinary French woman finds redemption in the worlds first face transplant after being mauled in a strange accident by her pet dog. To be anonymous in todays urban places is to be free yet isolated, to be in a constant flux of longing for and fear of "the dead and beating heart," both in ones own breast and those faltering in the chests of others. The countless faces that Gunn confronts on the streets of the city or behind closed doors make her important new book such a compelling read-as does the "delicious anxiety" she sees hanging in ecstatic, sometimes terrifying suspense in the liminal spaces between.
About the Author
Genni Gunn is a writer, musician, and translator. She has published seven books: two novelsTracing Iris and Thrice Upon a Time , two short story collectionsHungers and On the Road , a poetry collectionMating in Captivity , and two translations from Italian of Dacia Marainis poetry. As well, she has written an opera libretto, Alternate Visions , which is premiering in Montreal in April 2007. Her works have been finalists for the Commonwealth Novel Prize, the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award, the Journey Prize, the John Glassco Translation Award, and the Premio Internazionale Diego Valeri. Her previous collection of poetry, Mating in Captivity , has been translated into Italian (Accoppiarsi in Cattivita ) and her last novel, Tracing Iris , has been optioned for film. She lives in Vancouver.
"Few contemporary writers can match Gunn in irony and searing characterization."The Star "Gunn is the ultimate connoisseur of language, giving each reader a taste, using the medium of her art to explore the range of human response."Quarter After Eight "In her writing, Genni Gunn goes in search of the mother within her, the mother of all literary dreams, the mother that we all want to be and are not. The grace and perseverance with which she follows this missing mother are at the origin of her elegant, impulsive and disciplined writing."Dacia Maraini in Studi Canadesi