My White Planet: Stories Paperback – Apr 12 2008
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...a riveting and original collection of challenging fiction...Jarman's exceptional account of the experience of living is matched in importance and relevance by the style in which he writes...this book will resonate with you, begging to be picked up again and again. (The Daily Gleaner)
...Jarman brings a vigorous freshness of vision to stories that read like poems and essays that read like stream-of-consciousness stories. (The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)- Weekend Extra)
He writes with immediacy and verve, cutting out the unnecessary to leave only the most vivid. (Literary Review of Canada)
Jarman's insistence that we focus on his writing as much as his content makes him an unreconstructed modernist. (EVENT magazine)
Although they could be read in any order, there is a pleasure in taking them as they come--there's a kind of inhale-exhale arrangement to them--there are nice breaks between the harshest, most violent pieces; even when the bodies are getting dragged out, there's just enough wry humour to keep the reader from weeping. (Prairie Fire Magazine)
The 14 stories in My White Planet display an author who is positively word-drunk, delighting in twisting language into bizarre shapes, pushing and straining to test its resilience and its torque. There is a palpable giddiness to many of these stories; Jarman writes like a free jazz musician riffing on a central theme, or like a Beat poet jiving to the rhythms of his prose... (Quill & Quire)
...the prose has been married to consequential, urgent, and memorable evocations of character and mood. (Toronto Star)
Jarman is a master of auditory experience...[he] understands that the story with true fidelity is one that operates on the plane of language. It is a story that performs, that perseverates eloquently, and that expends everything yet is never spent...My White Planet is a book that deserves respect. Supercharged and racing, it is all dressed up with everywhere to go. (The Malahat Review)
About the Author
Mark Anthony Jarman is one of Canada’s most original and compelling writers of short fiction. Jarman has been a finalist for various literary prizes including the Journey Prize. He graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and taught at the University of Victoria. He is currently a faculty member of the English department at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.