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Drums of My Flesh

 

Cyril Dabydeen 

In a central park in Ottawa's Sandy Hill, Gabe, an immigrant from Guyana (South America), explores the past in the company of his young Canadian-born daughter. But this novel goes beyond the traditional innocence to reality plot, as it also embraces a quest for spiritual beingness in a compelling setting fraught with irony. Grounds shift as characters come fully to life; tropical and temperate zones merge; the past and present form intermittent shadows. Gabe's story of growing up in an Indian family struggling to live traditionally in faraway Guyana, and Christian, Hindu and Muslim worlds come together, as the plot unravels, and we continually move back and forth faced with new realities, new awakenings.

Winner of the 2006 Guyanna Prize for Fiction
Nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Finalist for the Ottawa Book Award

". . . a beautifully rendered, intellectually challenging, and deeply satisfying addition to Dabydeen’s oeuvre."
— 
Dr Anne-Marie Lee-Loy, Ryerson University

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Cyril Dabydeen previously edited A Shapely Fire: Changing the Literary Landscape (Mosaic Press) and Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry in Canada and the United States (TSAR Publications). His work has appeared in the Oxford, Penguin and Heinemann Books of Caribbean Verse, and in over 60 literary magazines world-wide. A former Poet Laureate of Ottawa, his last novel Drums of My Flesh (TSAR Publications) won the Guyana Prize for Best Book of Fiction and was nominated for the prestigious IMPAC/Dublin Literary Prize. He is the recipient of the 2010 Guyana Lifetime Achievement Award. He teaches at the University of Ottawa.  
 
Also by Cyril Dabydeen:
  Another Way to Dance (1996)
  anthology
  paperback
  Out of print
 
  Beyond Sangre Grande (2011)
  anthology
  paperback; $28.95
  More
 
  Hemisphere of Love (2003)
  poems
  Out of print

 
  My Brahmin Days (2000)
  short stories
  paperback; $15.95
  More
 

Novel
Paperback ISBN:  978-1-894770-25-5 
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240 pages
Publication Date:  2005

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