• Beautiful and meticulously wrought, set in both Toronto and the Caribbean, this astonishing novel gives voice to the power of love and belonging in a story of two women, profoundly different, each in her own spiritual exile.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Dionne Brand’s hypnotic, urgent long poem – her first book of poetry in four years, is about the bones of fading cultures and ideas, about the living museums of spectacle where these bones are found. At the centre of Ossuaries is the narrative of Yasmine, a woman living an underground life, fleeing from past actions and regrets, in a perpetual state of movement. She leads a solitary clandestine life, crossing borders actual (Algiers, Cuba, Canada), and timeless. Cold-eyed and cynical, she contemplates the periodic crises of the contemporary world. This is a work of deep engagement, sensuality, and ultimate craft from an essential observer of our time and one of the most accomplished poets writing today.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Ossuaires

    Brand Dionne

    Le travail de Dionne Brand a toujours été « un creuset de lyrisme incantatoire et de cinglante critique sociale » (Barbara Carey). En effet, couvrant à la fois l'intime et le collectif, Ossuaires opère un désancrage des mots : délestés de leur contexte immédiat, bardés d'images contradictoires, ils font perdre pied au lecteur. Bien que le constat soit résolument noir, des espoirs demeurent : dresser une généalogie de créateurs et d'activistes qui ont lutté contre la répression, et répertorier les multiples aspects de la fragile beauté du monde.

  • A Map to the Door of No Return is a timely book that explores the relevance and nature of identity and belonging in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing world. It is an insightful, sensitive and poetic book of discovery.
    Drawing on cartography, travels, narratives of childhood in the Caribbean, journeys across the Canadian landscape, African ancestry, histories, politics, philosophies and literature, Dionne Brand sketches the shifting borders of home and nation, the connection to place in Canada and the world beyond.
    The title, A Map to the Door of No Return, refers to both a place in imagination and a point in history -- the Middle Passage. The quest for identity and place has profound meaning and resonance in an age of heterogenous identities.
    In this exquisitely written and thought-provoking new work, Dionne Brand creates a map of her own art.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • L'amour, à peu près est un roman d'une grande finesse, qui met à l'épreuve tout le vocabulaire éculé avec lequel on parle des métropoles contemporaines. Cosmopolites ou immigrants ? Homosexuels, familles d'accueil, délinquants ? Des catégories sociales qui fondent sous le soleil, qui se confondent sous les lunes du roman de Brand. C'est bien plutôt la capacité à s'attacher, à imaginer, à aimer qui fait toute la singularité de ceux et celles que Dionne Brand donne à entendre.

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