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CanLit150

Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

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Man Descending by Guy Vanderhaeghe

Man Descending (1982)

(From Penguin Random House)

These superbly crafted stories reveal an astonishing range, with settings that vary from a farm on the Canadian prairies to Bloomsbury in London, from a high-rise apartment to a mine-shaft. Vanderhaeghe has the uncanny ability to show us the world through the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy as convincingly as he reveals it through the eyes of an old man approaching senility. Moving from the hilarious farce of teenage romance all the way to the numbing tragedy of life in a ward for incurables, these twelve stories inspire belief, admiration, and enjoyment, and come together to form a vibrant chronicle of human experience from a gifted observer of life’s joys and tribulations.

This is Guy Vanderhaeghe’s brilliant first book of fiction.

Guy Vanderhaeghe

(From Penguin Random House)

Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, in 1951. His previous fiction includes A Good Man, The Last Crossing, The Englishman’s Boy, Things as They Are (stories), Homesick, My Present Age, Man Descending (stories). Among the many awards he has received are the Governor General’s Awards (twice); and, for his body of work, The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Fellowship, the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Literary Prize. He has received many honours including the Order of Canada.


Additional Reading

IMDB Page for the film adaptation Man Descending (1990)

The official site of Antanas Sileika

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