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Reading the 21st Century

Books of the Decade, 2000-2009

by (author) Stan Persky

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
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    Sep 2011
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    Sep 2012
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In wide-ranging and innovative criticism, Stan Persky examines international non-fiction and fiction to engage with both the triumphs and tensions of reading and writing today. Evaluating works by established authors Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, and José Saramago, as well as emerging writers like Naomi Klein, Javier Cercas, and Chimamanda Adichie, Persky also showcases a remarkable group of reporters - Steve Coll, Dexter Filkins, and Rajiv Chandrasekaran - who have written essential books about global issues. An illuminating and accessible work about the present age, Reading the 21st Century introduces new ways of thinking about the world's most significant cultural, political, and moral problems.

About the author

Stan Persky is the author of more than a dozen books, including Topic Sentence, Buddy’s: A Meditation on Desire and The Short Version, which won a BC Book Prize for non–fiction in 2006. He teaches philosophy at Capilano University and lives in Berlin and Vancouver.

Brian Fawcett is a past editor of Books in Canada, a former columnist for The Globe & Mail, and a founding editor of the internationally-followed Internet news service, Born in Prince George, he has lived in Toronto since 1991.

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Editorial Reviews

"I can't remember when I last read a book that so made me want to go out and buy / read just about every title listed or referred to. Moreover, I cannot think of another volume that covers such a range of material. The subject matter of these pages is tru

"There are many good things to say about Reading the 21st Century. It is personable, thoughtful, lively, cleanly and clearly written, amusing, and insightful. It is also up-to-date and serious." David Helwig, winner of the CBC Poetry Prize and the Atlantic Poetry Prize

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