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The Salvation Of Yasch Siemens

by (author) Armin Wiebe

afterword by Nathan Dueck

Publisher
Turnstone Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Category
Humorous, Amish & Mennonite, Literary, Coming of Age
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780888016300
    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
    List Price
    $11.99

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Born "on the wrong side of the double dike" in the mythical Mennonite village of Gutenthal, Yasch Siemens seems destined for a life as a hired hand in love with the wrong girl. But all of that changes when he meets Oata Needarp. Oata is determined to make Yasch hers, and it only takes some chokecherry wine and the fragrance of Oata's "Evening in Schanzenfeld" perfume to seal Yasch's fate. Shortlisted for both the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and the Books in Canada Best First Book Award, The Salvation of Yasch Siemens is an outrageous, comic ride through Canadian literature’s most unforgettable community.
Now this enduring Canadian classic includes a loving preface from the author, Armin Wiebe, and an insightful new essay from Nathan Dueck. Together they rediscover the warmth and wit in the world of Gutenthal, a profound part of Canada’s literary landscape.

About the authors

Armin Wiebe is the recipient of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He has five published novels, one play, and his short stories have appeared in numerous books and anthologies. A teacher for many years, Armin Wiebe is now retired and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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nathan dueck lives in Calgary. His previous work, king's(mère) (2003), interprets William Lyon Mackenzie King's biography with prose poetry.

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Awards

  • Short-listed, Stephen Leacock Award for Humour
  • Short-listed, Books in Canada First Novel Award

Excerpt: The Salvation Of Yasch Siemens (by (author) Armin Wiebe; afterword by Nathan Dueck)

“The year they built the TV tower I was heista kopp in love with Shaftich Shreeda's daughter, Fleeda. I was only almost sixteen and Fleeda was almost sixteen, too, and I had been in love with her all the way since we were only almost fourteen??Born "on the wrong side of the double dike" in the mythical Mennonite village of Gutenthal, Yasch Siemens seems destined for a life as a hired hand in love with the wrong girl. But all of that changes when he meets Oata Needarp. Two-hundred-pound Oata is determined to make Yasch hers, and it only takes some chokecherry wine and the fragrance of Oata's "Evening in Schanzenfeld" perfume to seal Yasch's fate.Shortlisted for both the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and the Books in Canada Best First Book Award, The Salvation of Yasch Siemens is an outrageous, comic ride through a community as memorable in any in Canadian literature."Armin Wiebe is a comic storyteller without equal in Canada today. Please hold your sides while reading." --Robert Kroetsch"Armin Wiebe draws us into the funny, sad world of Yasch, and into a culture hidden from most of the literary scene. Until now. This is a wonderful, out of kilter book." --Sandra BirdsellSince the initial publication of The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Armin Wiebe has written two more novels set in Gutenthal: Murder in Gutenthal: A Schneppa Kjnals Mystery and The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst (both nominated for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award) as well as Tatsea, an adventure story set in Canada's subarctic during the 1760s.

Editorial Reviews

"Armin Wiebe is a comic storyteller without equal in Canada today. Please hold your sides while reading." --Robert Kroetsch

Robert Kroetsch

"as boisterously funny as it is, Wiebe displays an impressive sensitivity for his characters and their plights. He coyly undermines the woman's traditional place as obedient underling by creating strong female characters"
-Brian Geary, The Pembina Times

Brian Geary

 

The Salvation of Yasch Siemens is a remarkable work...Do not miss it. A must, an absolute must for all multicultural/Canadiana, secondary school, and public library collections.

 

"The Salvation of Yasch is both an invaluable treasure of 'folk art' and a fascinating literary experiment"

"the greatness of this book takes it beyond the category of Mennonite literature, beyond the regional category of prairie literature, beyond the boundaries of Canadian literature"
-Debra Martens, Rubicon 4

Debra Martens

"This is Wiebe's first novel, and it's an impressive debut... He has brought to life a colorful world that seems from the outside to be tranquil and uneventful, but which has its own inner tensions and imperatives."
-The Globe and Mail

"This novel, about the pains of growing to manhood, is a delight."

"The Salvation of Yasch Siemens brings tears of laughter to the eyes, a pang to the heart, fellow feeling, and a sense of gratitude and admiration. One feels gratitude because someone who has gone perhaps somewhat the same route as the reader has taken the trouble to delineate the experience. and one cannot but admire the skill and attractiveness of the result."
-Henry Wiebe, The New Quarterly

Henry Wiebe

"delightfully comic first novel" -John Parr, Toronto Star

John Parr

"In Winkler, it's said, The Salvation of Yasch Siemens is off the shelves but available under the counter. Some people seem to find the portrait of a people unflattering but it's clear they can't resist looking anyway. Though it's hard to determine precisely who all the buyers are, Yasch, in the few months it's been released, has become the fastest seller yet for Winnpeg's Turnstone Press."
-Doug Whiteway, Winnipeg Free Press

"[The Salvation of Yasch Simens] celebrates Mennonite folk culture in a hilarious, yet moving way."

"Armin Wiebe draws us into the funny, sad world of Yasch, and into a culture hidden from most of the literary scene. Until now. This is a wonderful, out of kilter book." --Sandra Birdsell

Sandra Birdsell

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