Unidentified man at left of photo

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Published September 13, 2020,

Jeff Bursey’s latest exploratory novel is a sharp satire set in Atlantic Canada’s seemingly bucolic province, Prince Edward Island…

Unidentified man at left of photo

282 pages; 11€/10€

ISBN: 978-961-7036-60-2


“Jeff Bursey tries his hardest to ruin a perfectly good novel about life in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with all sorts of postmodern hijinks, but thankfully fails. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say he does for c-town what Joyce did for Dublin, he does more for it than Joyce ever did. The inexplicably titled Unidentified man at left of photo is Bursey’s most entertaining novel yet.” —Steven Moore, author of The Novel: An Alternative History

“I’m telling you now, Bursey, you use more than one paragraph of this letter of complaint to promote that nit-picking piece of crap you call a book and every page of my next book will be an excoriating explication of your entire oeuvre.”—Wayne Johnston, author of The Mystery of Right and Wrong

“Bursey has written a satire of PEI life that’s both under-developed and over-exposed. Mine is called The Crack in Everything or The Island Gospel According to Samson Grief and is so much better.”—Steve Mayoff, author of Our Lady of Steerage

Unidentified man at left of photo, a fill-in-the-blanks novel mercifully free from characters to warm to and without tiresome plot points to retain, features artistic foibles, domestic strife, questions galore, a catastrophic hurricane, and a narrative voice that veers from mean to genial as it explores whatever topics come to mind and spills into the open what’s been overheard in public conversations in Charlottetown, PEI.

Available from corona\samizdat, an imprint of Amalietti & Amalietti.

Order copies from: rick.harsch@gmail.com

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Verbatim: A Novel

“…through his spirited gift for mimicry, [Bursey] illuminates how the procedures and protocols of governing are perverted to hinder action and fuel the ongoing fractures that only assist the powerful. [Verbatim: A Novel] is that quintessential chronicle that captures a time so deftly, as a reader, it’s like reading your own memories of it.”—Christopher WunderLee, author of Moore’s Mythopoeia

“We have a sense of the characters, their motives and their feuds. We have a sense of the province itself… it is also suffering through a lengthy and brutal recession with no relief in sight. There is a whole world created here, one with its own history and its own angst.”—Mark Sampson, author of All the Animals on Earth

Mirrors on which dust has fallen

“The characters are wholly relatable. As I also grew up in a blue-collar town not unlike fictional Bowmount, I am intimately acquainted with the sort of small-fish small-pond malaise on view here… Once I surrendered to the text, details and textures of everyday life washed over me in a beautiful swirl… [Bursey] is continuing in the tradition of the modernists here, a group who struggled to make sense of a broken world. In our world of shock, spectacle and infinite distraction, a modernist novel like Mirrors of Which Dust Has Fallen feels most au courant.”—The Literary Review (U.S.)

“This is a tough book to recommend broadly because it is that rare piece of literature that demands quite a lot of work from the reader. There are wonderful moments and genuine insights, there is dazzling prose, and there are well-drawn characters. But the style is also difficult to follow, the unattributed dialogue a formidable tangle to be unraveled. Readers up for such a challenge will be glad to have put in the effort.”—The Winnipeg Review

Centring the Margins: Essays and Reviews

“…[the] breadth of [Bursey’s] reading is impressive… lending credibility and authority to his reviews, both individual reviews of books he has clearly carefully considered (both text and context) and the assembled reviews as a whole, which collectively leave the impression that their author reads comprehensively across formal and linguistic boundaries, and against the grain of entrenched assumptions about what books are worthy of our attention.”—Daniel Green, author of Beyond the Blurb

“Bursey is just such a patient and actively participating reader, repeatedly demonstrating these qualities to marvelous effect in his criticism. Centring the Margins is the perfect title for this smart, generous, empathetic book… Bursey’s analyses and conclusions set him apart, distinguish him as a singular critic, one who balances aesthetics and politics, one as equally enamored of artful sentences as of playful disruptions of narrative form.—John Madera at Big Other

Jeff Bursey is a Canadian fiction writer, playwright, and literary critic: http://www.jeffbursey.com

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