Into That Darkness: A Novel by Steven PriceInto That Darkness: A Novel by Steven Price

Into That Darkness: A Novel

bySteven Price

Paperback | March 12, 2011

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Acclaimed Canadian poet Steven Price has conjured a stunning debut novel that explores what we ask from each other, and how much we are prepared to give.

Set in the city of Victoria, British Columbia, Into That Darkness opens at the moment when a massive earthquake hits the entire west coast with devastating results. Amid the destruction of the city, survivors are left to negotiate a calamity in which bonds of civility are pushed to their limits and often broken.

When Arthur Lear hears a voice crying in the rubble, he finds himself descending deep under a collapsed building in a desperate attempt to save a young boy and his mother. But what he discovers there will change him forever - as circumstances lead him across the city's broken landscape, through the chaos of its hospitals and streets, in a harrowing search for the mother's lost daughter. Over the days that follow, Lear's very sense of humanness will be tested and compromised, as he faces the limits of himself and his fellow survivors, in his long journey home.

A novel for our age of anxiety and fear, Steven Price delivers a powerful story about the physical manifestation of the darker things lurking in our culture, in ourselves.

Steven Price's first collection of poems,Anatomy of Keys(Brick Books, 2006), was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award, won the Gerald Lampert Award, and was named a Globe & Mail Book of the Year. His work has been translated into Hungarian, German, and French. He teaches writing at the University of Victoria.
Title:Into That Darkness: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:March 12, 2011Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887627374

ISBN - 13:9780887627378

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Into That Darkness by Steven Price Steven Price’s "Into That Darkness" is a masterpiece of narrative poignancy and poetic vision. He gets right into the epicenter of the human psyche after an apocryphal seismic shift. His novel is also a powerful and unforgettably elegiac rendition of love, loss, memory, change, and belief, moral and physical strength. "Into That Darkness" is a moving and meditative novel. Price takes his characters to the very periphery of humanity and then pushes them over the precipice. Some honour the best in them. Some obey the worst. His characters adapt to chaos and trauma; they commit acts that are both vile and generous. Once-civilized, urban dwellers become frayed drifters storming private homes in search of food. Some join vagrant dogs roaming the sickened sidewalks scavenging for and from corpses. Steven Price has imagined for us in all its devastation a hell where the wounded and the dead cohabit. The imagery is brutal. The displaced with despair-tinted eyelashes lurch across the corpse-strewn, ashen landscape of a post-apocalyptic world. This novel is also raw and unsettling, written with a lyrical filmic urgency and fueled by the force of a universal nightmare. Steven Price has summoned his fiercest visions to invoke the devastation with the scalpel of a narrative genius. He gives voice to the unspeakable in the foreground with a musical refrain of elemental longings of the human heart cocooned in an enduring love story in the background. By Mona Rampersaud-Jones ©
Date published: 2011-04-07

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