The Seventh Circle by Benet DavetianThe Seventh Circle by Benet Davetian

The Seventh Circle

byBenet Davetian

Paperback | January 16, 1996

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Benet Davetian's starkly moving stories portray individuals enmeshed in social and political upheavals not of their own choosing: an innocent Somali farmer struggles to survive famine and war; a Serb sniper faces a bizarre opportunity to redeem himself; a Rwandan Hutu is forced to choose between his own life and those of his Tutsi in-laws; and an immigrant is detained in a Paris airport for six years.Developing incidents from his own experience in some of the world's most troubled countries, Davetian invests his stories with the lived feel of actuality. Yet he also moves beyond mind-numbing reportage to portray individuals in extremis, struggling to give meaning to their lives as they respond to social chaos.Also included is a story about the 1995 Quebec referendum, in which Devetian portrays Quebec's various communities with their sometimes surprising and paradoxical responses to the question of sovereignty. In Benet Davetian, Canadian fiction has found a new voice that writes of the dilemmas of identity at a level that reaches beyond national boundaries.
Benet Davetian is the winner of the Mordecai Richler award for his remarkable collection of short stories The Seventh Circle (1996). His fiction draws on a wealth of experience gained while living and travelling in Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States. He is the recipient of various communica...
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Title:The Seventh CircleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:January 16, 1996Publisher:RONSDALE PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0921870388

ISBN - 13:9780921870388

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prize-Winning Book This book won Moredecai Richler's Parizeau Prize for best book of the year. Also finalist for Hugh McLelland Prize. For more information, go to: www.davetian.com "A mesmerizing writer who makes the art of story-telling look easy...a contender for the Governor General's..." Montreal Gazette "Impressed with the simplicity and lucidity" THE ATLANTIC "Distinctly Davetian." THE MIRROR
Date published: 1999-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prize-winner The Seventh Circle was the recepient of Mordecai Richler's "Parizeau" prize for best book of fiction and finalist for the QSPELL fiction prize. The Montreal Gazette refers to Davetian as a "mesmerizing writer who makes the art of writing fiction look simple...worthy of a national and international reputation." The chairman of the War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague has referred to the book as an "amazing accomplishment." The Atlantic writes, "Impressed with the simplicity and lucidity."
Date published: 1998-12-29

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Author Benet Davetian has written a collection of short stories that grip the reader by the heart to squeezes out the pain and compassion. The Seventh Circle takes the reader into places of suffering and genocide. The stories take place among some of the world’s most frightening locales, including Somalia, Bosnia, Russia and Turkish-Armenia. Readers will feel what it is like to be a Somali peasant fighting against starvation or the terror of genocide.