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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

By a Frozen River

The Short Stories Of Norman Levine

by (author) Norman Levine

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2002
Short Stories (single author), General
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2002
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This collection of short stories comes from one of Canada's most celebrated authors. Norman Levine has been publishing fiction for the last 25 years. His stories have an international reputation and have been published and translated all over the world. Norman Levine has long been established as one of Canada's best-known short story writers. His signature use of sparse prose and poetic language has lifted the art of short story writing to a higher form. Norman Levine's stories have been translated in various languages throughout the world and have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and magazines. By a Frozen River centers on the life of a Canadian writer living abroad who relives his youth through trips back to Canada and visits from various Canadian relatives. The narrator of these stories effortlessly recalls his past and the reader participates with pleasure in these journeys, sharing experiences of fulfillment, disappointment and nostalgia. One doesn't easily leave Levine's stories behind. As the narrator of "Champagne Barn" says in the concluding line: "I would carry that sound with me long after I left."

About the author

Norman Levine was born in Ottawa in 1923. During World War II, he served in the RCAF with a Lancaster squadron based in Yorkshire. He subsequently studied at Cambridge and McGill Universities, receiving his M.A. from McGill University in 1949. In 1949 he was awarded a fellowship to do post-graduate work at King's College, London. He left Canada with the manuscript for his first novel under his arm and spent the next 31 years in England, mainly in St Ives, Cornwall. He returned to Canada briefly from 1965-66 when he was the first writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick.

Norman Levine is the author of 2 books of poetry, Myssium (1948) and The Tightrope Walker (1950); 2 novels, The Angled Road (1952) and From a Seaside Town (1970); and several collections of short fiction, including One Way Ticket (1961), Canada's Winter Tales (1968), I don`t want to know anyone too well (1971), Selected Stories (1975), Thin Ice (1979), Why do you live so far away? (1984), Champagne Barn (1984) and Something Happened Here (1991).

Norman Levine died in 2005.

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