Titel: The Isolation Booth
Autor/en: Hugh Hood
September 1991 - kartoniert - 172 Seiten
"The Isolation Booth" is the third volume in Hugh Hood's Collected Stories; it contains short fiction written between 1957 and 1966. While all of the stories have been previously published in various magazines, this is the first time they are available in book form. The title story was first published in "The Tamarack Review" in 1958; the paid to Hood for that story represents the first income he ever made from his writing. Since then, Hugh Hood has become one of Canada's most prolific short-story writers and novelists.' (William French, "The Globe & Mail") He has authored more than twenty books, including novels, short-story collections and essays. The Porcupine's Quill has previously published "Flying a Red Kite" and "A Short Walk in the Rain" as part of our continuing series of Hood's Collected Stories.
Hugh Hood was born in Toronto in 1928 and studied at the University of Toronto, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1955. He worked as a university teacher for over forty years -- over thirty of those years spent at the Universite de Montreal. He was married to painter and printmaker Noreen Mallory and had four children. He died in Montreal in August of 2000.Hood wrote 32 books, amongst them novels, collections of stories and essays, an art book, and a book of sports journalism. His most extended project, begun in 1975 and occupying him right up until the time of his death, was a twelve volume roman fleuve entitled The New Age / Le nouveau siecle. The last book in this series, Near Water, was published by Anansi in 2000.
'Hood writes that this volume is the result of his unending struggle with the short-story form. It is exciting to watch him triumph in that struggle, as he accurately paints such diverse portraits as those of a crass game-show host; a stuffy self-deceptive businessman; a shockingly insensitive divorce and a distinguished teacher of metaphysics and phenomenology.' Canadian Book Review Annual 'Storytelling is not only a gift, but a craft that evolves during the course of a writer's life. The Isolation Booth, Hugh Hood's collection of stories never published in book form before, is an interesting example of such an evolution.' Kingston Whig-Standard 'Hood at his best has created visions as strong as this. Long after his stories and his characters have drained from my memory I can recall certain intensely realized mystical images -- the ghost ship under the lake, the return to life of a human being frozen to the point of death in some horrible concentration-camp "medical" experiment, and above all that red kite of his, fluttering triumphantly over a fallen world.' Essays on Canadian Writing