Choosing his coffin: the best stories of Austin Clarke

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Thomas Allen Publishers, Mar 4, 2003 - Fiction - 384 pages
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From the author of the GILLER AWARD - winning novel "The Polished Hoe" comes a new collection of 20 of his best short stories. "Choosing His Coffin" is a selection of Austin Clarke's finest work from more than 40 years of storytelling, drawing on his Caribbean roots and his years in Canada. These stories range in theme from growing up in West Indian society and what it means to be black in both the United States and Canada to surviving as an immigrant in a predominantly Anglo-Saxon culture. Clarke has become one of the most respected authors in North America and is one of Canada's national literary treasures. He is a master of fictional invention.

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Austin Clarke was born in 1934 on the island of Barbados. He attended Combermere Secondary School and later Harrison College where he received his Cambridge and Oxford Secondary School certificates. After teaching at a secondary school, he attended the University of Toronto in Canada where he studied Economics and Political Science. His works mainly focus on Caribbean immigrants and the social and political issues they encounter living in Canada. Some of these works include "Storm of Fortune," The Bigger Light," and "The Meeting Point." The first volume of his memoirs "Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack," won the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literature in 1980. It based on his experiences while working in Barbados as the manager of Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and an advisor to the prime minister. The second volume is entitled "A Passage Back Home." His novel, "The Polished Hoe," won the Giller Prize for fiction in 2003, the Regional Commonwealth Writer's Prize for best book, and the Trillium Book Award. . In 1999, he was awarded the W.O. Mitchell Prize for producing an outstanding body of work for his short stories collections and the Rogers Communication Writers Trust Prize (1998). Austin Clarke currently resides in Toronto.

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