Norman Levine's stories, so spare and compassionate and elegant and funny, so touching, sad, fantastic and unforgettable, rank alongside the best published in this country. Celebrated abroad, his work was largely unknown in Canada, except among the generations of writers he influenced, from André Alexis and Cynthia Flood to Lisa Moore and Michael Winter, who passed his work among themselves and learned much of their craft from studying Levine's own. His work long out of print, his entire output of short stories are collected here together for the first time, to be discovered by a new generation of Canadian readers and writers.
Norman Levine (1923-2005) was the author of eight short story collections, two novels, and a memoir, among other works. He was raised in Ottawa's Lower Town, served overseas in the RCAF during WWII, and attended McGill University. In 1949 he returned to England, where he remained until 1980. Levine's fiction titles include The Angled Road (1952), One Way Ticket (1961), I Don't Want to Know Anyone Too Well (1971), Thin Ice (1979) and Something Happened Here (1991).
Praise for Norman Levine
“... a masterly touch.”—Times Literary Supplement
“Levine's stories are made of things that stick, unexpectedly, in the imagination.”—Globe and Mail
“Norman Levine stands at the very centre of achievement in Canadian short story writing.”—John Metcalf
“For me, Norman Levine's stories are about the fleeting and yet durable moments between strangers—or among family, who are another kind of unknown ... He is a master at recording the intimate particulars of one person meeting another, at exploring the mystery of what stays in the mind when the other person has gone.”—Andre Alexis, Fifteen Dogs
“A marvellous style. His stories are spare but there is so much hidden beneath the surface of them.”—Robert Weaver
“Mr. Levine is a true artist, who grinds his bones—and anything else he can lay his hands on—to make his bread.”—Bernard Levin, The Sunday Times
“Norman Levine sees with a clear eye a good deal of the tragic comedy of human life. And he writes in a marvellously clean, naked prose which is a joy to read.”—Edward Mccourt, The Montrealer
“Levine's is a subtle, penetrating and quietly compassionate vision of many sad facets of the human condition.”—The Montreal Gazette