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This volume represents the first full-scale appreciation of Clark Blaise’s writing in more than 25 years—and the first comprehensive study of his now more than 20 books. Included are previously published essays by, among others, Margaret Atwood, Robert Lecker, Alexander MacLeod, and Catherine Sheldrick Ross, along with new essays by William Butt, Stephen Henighan, W. H. New, and Sandra Sabatini, as well as a brand-new autobiographical essay by Blaise himself. As important as these essays are for their insights into Blaise’s works, they offer something more: a rich range of examples showing us how we ourselves can understand much more intricately and practise much more powerfully the art of the essay.


Much of Blaise’s work has circled around questions that were a little ahead of their time when he first began investigating them, but now seem highly contemporary: Who am I? Where am I? Where do I belong? Does nationality count for anything? Am I a part of all that I have met? What airport is this anyway?

- Margaret Atwood

In the whole history of Canadian and American literature, I do not think there is another writer whose work is more directly hard-wired to the revolutionary socio-spatial transformations this continent has experienced from the middle of the twentieth century to the present.

- Alexander MacLeod