Atmospheres Apollinaire

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Dundurn, Sep 16, 1998 - Fiction - 217 pages
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Short-listed for the 1988 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, Ottawa-Carleton Book Award and Trillium Book Award

Paris, the City of Light, was once the scene of a brilliant magnesium flare, host to the belle epoque from 1900 to 1914. Tempting poets, painters, writers, and composers from across Europe, the city relied on one man to move among them all-Guillaume Apollinaire. His contemporaries called him brilliant, mad, whimsical. He was the bastard son of an Italian cavalry officer and a Polish woman addicted to gambling, but nevertheless let it be rumoured around Paris that he was the son of the pope.

 

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French writer Belloc's first novela slender evocation of a young homosexual hustler's life in 1960's Parisis minimalism to a fault: the stark tone here tends to keep the promiscuous episodes of sex ... Read full review

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This book is not for the fainthearted. Set in a squalid area of Paris, incisive as a surgeon's knife in its narrative, laconic yet strident in its sordid vocabulary, it is the story of Denis, as told ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
Goldfinch of Alchemy
3
English Dove
21
The Speiss Blimp
30
Gargoyles Quails Eggs and a Recurring Crow
36
The Bird of Benin
51
Wrights Flying Machine
72
Three Archangels
99
A Caged Bird
114
Chanteur dAfrique
137
Archaeopteryx
143
Sirens
150
Shooting Star
158
Griffolino dArezzo
170
Birds of Paradise
192
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About the author (1998)

Mark Frutkin has published two previous volumes of poetry, Acts of Light and The Alchemy of Clouds. The Governor General's Award nominee has also published six novels. His work has appeared in the United States, England, Holland, and India, as well as Canada. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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