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Simon and Schuster, Oct 25, 1989 - Fiction - 224 pages
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"Cambodia: A Book For People Who Find Television Too Slow" is a ferociously brilliant book that challenges its readers to see the world with new eyes, in a new light. Through an arresting division of its pages-- thriteen wildly imaginative short stories at the top, and a passionate essay on colonialism and Southeast Asia at the bottom, running like a Mekong River footnote throughout the book-- Brian Fawcett startles, amuses, and infuriates his hooked readers with juxtaposed images and penetrating insights into the media jungle that defines our age.

Like subtitles read in a foreign film, the pace of "Cambodia" accelerates, and the reader's eye quickens as the work unfolds. Soon, "Cambodia" is moving more swiftly than the images on the evening news, showing us that the book's title is not an enigma, but a realistic description of its remarkably interactive contents.

Brian Fawcett's passion stirs us to resist the annihilation of memory and imagination in our society, lest we lose "our right to remember our pasts and envision new futures" in a violent world where "Cambodia is as near as your television set."


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Brian Fawcett grew up in Prince George, BC. After several years in the BC Forest Service, he left at age 22 to study with R. Murray Schafer and Robin Blaser at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He has worked as a community organizer and urban planner in Greater Vancouver, and has taught in maximum security federal prisons. Today, he lives in Toronto with his wife Leanna Crouch and daughter Hartlea where he writes full time, and gardens. He is a founding editor of the Internet news service His writing has appeared in "Books in Canada" and the "Globe & Mail".

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