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Ballad of Martin B, The

by (author) Michael Mirolla

Quattro Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2011
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2011
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This book offers a way to insert an irritant into the modern world's complacency and ready acceptance of mind-numbing forms of conduct. By using a series of philosophic ghosts that span the millennia and combining those with some very raw interactions, the idea is to raise a curtain on a world and on a set of ideas that very few people are interested in uncovering, let alone discuss. At the same time, the book outlines the hopelessness of it all when it comes to the long term.

About the author

Born in Italy, and arriving in Canada at the age of five, Michael Mirolla calls himself a Montreal-Toronto corridor writer (because he spends so much time travelling between the two cities). He’s a novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright. Publications include two novels, the recently-released The Facility, and Berlin (a 2010 Bressani Prize winner and finalist for the 2009 Indie Book and National Best Books Awards); two short story collections—The Formal Logic of Emotion (recently translated into Italian and released in 2010) and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales; and two poetry collections: the English-Italian Interstellar Distances/Distanze Interstellari (2008), and Light and Time (2010), His short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, while another short story, “The Sand Flea,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His short fiction and poetry has been published in numerous journals in Canada, the U.S. and Britain, including anthologies such as Event’s Peace & War, Telling Differences: New English Fiction from Quebec, Tesseracts 2: Canadian Science Fiction, the Anthology of Italian-Canadian Writing (Guernica), New Wave of Speculative Fiction Book 1, and The Best of Foliate Oak.

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