The Delusionist

May 26, 2014|
The Delusionist by Grant Buday
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Art, love, and history furnish the setting in this tale of fate and destiny. Set in Vancouver in 1962, we follow Cyril Andrachuk, son of immigrant parents from the former Ukraine, as he makes his way from high school to menial labour jobs, from first love to first heartbreak, from sibling rivalry to malicious family betrayal.Cyril is the only Canadian-born member of the Andrachuk family, his parents and older brother having survived the Holodomor, Stalin's systematic starving of the Ukraine in the 1930s during which two million people died. Cyril's mother carries the scars and memories of a past she can't let go of; she mourns the early death of her husband and feels responsible for the malnourished, brittle bones of her eldest son, Paul. Cyril is a mystery to her: he wants to be an artist he draws incessantly and talks about going to art school. He draws his late-father's tools saws, drills, hammers, wrenches, everything. When Cyril produces a series of large commemorative "Stalin stamps" his mother questions her son's insensitivity; when an act of impassioned violence erupts in the house, it is Cyril's sanity that is called into question.The Delusionist is a darkly comic novel about love, loss, creativity, and coming to terms with the horrors of history.Praise for Grant Buday:"Buday's genius is that of the storyteller." The Vancouver Sun"mordantly funny" The National Post"a rollicking black comedy of errors with a host of unforgettable characters" Quill & Quire (on White Lung)
GRANT BUDAY has published nine books and many articles, essays, and short stories in Canadian magazines and quarterlies. While he has travelled extensively throughout the world he currently lives on Mayne Island, British Columbia, with his wife and son, where he manages a recycling depot. He is fifty-seven years old.
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Title:The Delusionist
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:256 pages, 8.24 X 5.32 X 0.63 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.24 X 5.32 X 0.63 in
Published:May 26, 2014
Publisher:Anvil Press Publishers
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781927380932

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