George Ryga: The Prairie Novels by George RygaGeorge Ryga: The Prairie Novels by George Ryga

George Ryga: The Prairie Novels

byGeorge RygaEditorJames Hoffman

Paperback | March 15, 2004

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James Hoffman, George Ryga's biographer, provides a brilliant guide to the reader of this collection, with a compelling reappraisal of Ryga's fiction as far ahead of its time. The three short novels included here- Hungry Hills, Ballad of a Stonepicker and Night Desk -draw from the same large canvas of rural, depression-era Alberta. They have similar stark prairie settings and a recognizable array of colourful, cantankerous homesteader and dirt farmer characters, all of whom take us in many pleasurable, disturbing and revealing directions, both historical and mythopoetic. This was a period of obstinate survival farming and boisterous, ethnically diverse community building, redolent with the more questionable aspects of colonial ?settling' and ?breaking' of the land, in a place that was never unsettled or unclaimed to begin with.Told in a homey vernacular, each of these three tales evokes a time and place that is as ironically as it is emphatically post-colonial. Ryga offers the reader (and re-reader) characters with a rough-hewn energy for survival and self-determination, and finds in them the beginnings of an authentic prairie culture defined by the anti-colonial struggle that so powerfully marks his work. ... propelled by compassion and moral outrage, but also by a peculiar and personal awareness of the life and death of human cultures and the values they contain." - Globe & Mail "
George Ryga In 1967, George Ryga soared to national fame with The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which has since evolved into a modern classic. A self-proclaimed artist in resistance, Ryga takes the role of a fierce and fearless social commentator in most of his plays, and his work is renowned for its vivid and thrilling theatricality. George...
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Title:George Ryga: The Prairie NovelsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:March 15, 2004Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088922501X

ISBN - 13:9780889225015

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