Gil Adamson

  • Sélection Prix Femina étranger 2009
    « La veuve est tout simplement un roman superbe et l'on sent dans la finesse de son écriture que Gil Adamson a tout le potentiel pour devenir un grand écrivain. La trame des grands paysages de l'Ouest américain est transposée avec une lumière étonnamment fraîche. La veuve est également fort en suspense, au point que l'on est souvent dans un état proche du malaise physique, une condition que seuls les romans de grande qualité permettent. » (Jim Harrison)
    « Au début du XXè siècle, la cavale d'une jeune veuve dans le Grand Nord. Gil Adamson joint sa voix à un hymne au milieu naturel entonné par bon nombre d'écrivains américains; elle le fait avec une fantaisie poétique, une vigueur expressionniste saisissantes. [...] Réinterprétation du mythe de l'errance en une colonisation d'un genre par le féminin, La veuve n'omet pas de faire un sort au monde moderne. Sa facture classique est une manière de trouver la bonne distance pour aborder les séismes du contemporain. Poignant. » Emilie Barnett, Les Inrockuptibles
    « Dans la nature magnifique où l'être humain se soumet, Mary a peu de chances de survivre mais sa volonté décuple ses forces pour se nourrir, se protéger des animaux et des individus. Sur un rythme endiablé, l'auteur de ce premier roman mène sa jeune veuve et ses lecteurs dans des aventures rocambolesques. » Page des libraires

  • Hazel est une adolescente typique : dans cette période intermédiaire entre l'enfance et l'âge adulte, elle s'interroge et scrute le monde qui l'entoure. Les membres de sa famille, aussi différents soient-ils, se trouvent quant à eux unis par une même tendance à la bizarrerie et à l'étrangeté.
    Dans ce fascinant portrait d'une famille excentrique, transmis par la voix originale de cette jeune fille, Gil Adamson déploie une écriture parfaitement maîtrisée qui combine une attention au détail, un sens de l'humour grinçant et une poésie sensible dans le choix de ses mots et de ses images.

    « Un livre scintillant, parfaitement ciselé, un joyau aux multiples facettes, éclatant d'intelligence et d'esprit. Magnifiquement composé, poétique et vrai, ce livre vous brisera le coeur. » (Nicolas Barr, The Guardian)

  • Hazel is only a toddler when she sails back to Canada with her parents to begin a new life. As the boat dips and dives across the ocean and sends her bed crashing against the walls, Hazel wakes up to the tragic reality of the world around her. From then on, life seems a constant struggle as Hazel juggles with the miseries of childhood, while attempting to make sense of the odd bunch of grown-ups around her. After all, how much help can you expect from an uncle who collects only white animals, or a grandfather who drives around with a dead dog on the back seat of his convertible, when you have to confront your first day at school, the arrival of a baby brother or your parents' divorce? Still, life could be worse, thinks Hazel, she could be in the chess club, or have a name like Bogdana or Flower...
    In this haunting and extremely funny account of the world according to Hazel, Gil Adamson's first work of fiction, written twn years ago and published now for the first time in the UK, reminds us that although growing up is about sorting out life as it is, from life as it should be, stories will always be there to help us pretend.

  • Offering a holistic approach to television criticism, this analytical companion to the popular show Fringe examines the drama's mythology and unveils its mysteries while exposing significant cultural issues addressed in each episode.

    With a strong basis in science fiction, Fringe has all of the archetypal characters and themes of the genre, from the covert mastermind and the mad scientist to dangerous advances in technology, parallel worlds, and man-made monsters. Along with many other post-9/11 television shows aired in the West, Fringe has demonstrated a society's collective paranoia about foreign invaders, on the one hand, and domestic corruption on the other. It also lays bare the fear of radical advances in technology and urges its viewers to ponder the ethical limitations of science. This guide explores how the show uses these elements to tap into a deeper understanding of the human experience.

    Less focused on individual episodes, this book is split into three parts, each discussing a broad element of the narrative experience of the first three seasons of this multilayered show.

  • One of the most iconic villains in the history of television, the enigmatic Cigarette Smoking Man fascinated legions of fans of the 1990s' hit TV series, The X-Files. Best known as "Cancerman," he was voted Television's Favourite Villain by the readers of TV Guide. The man behind the villain, William B. Davis, is a Canadian actor and director, whose revelations in this memoir will entertain and intrigue the millions of X-Files aficionados worldwide.

    But there is more to Davis's story than just The X-Files.

    Davis's extensive acting experience began when he was a child in Ontario in the 1950s, and grew to encompass radio, theatre, film, and television. At the University of Toronto, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy, he turned his hand to directing, a move that took him to theatre school in Britain and a directing career. There, he reconnected with his undergraduate colleague, Donald Sutherland, and worked at the National Theatre, with such notables as Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Maggie Smith, and Albert Finney.

    Those who love the theatre will delight in his recollections of the Straw Hat Players in Ontario or the trials and tribulations of an artistic director of repertory theatre in Dundee, Scotland, or his valiant attempt to create a theatre in Quebec devoted to the Canadian repertoire. Those who love history will relive with Davis those "golden years" of Canadian radio drama and theatre, not to mention enjoying an inside look at the National Theatre School of Canada where he directed the English Acting Program in the '60s. Those who love a bit of scandalous gossip will not be disappointed.

    Written in an easy conversational style, this memoir truly is "The Musings of the Cigarette Smoking Man" - as William B. Davis reflects on his loves, his losses, his hopes, his fears, and his accomplishments in this unique and engaging autobiography.

  • ?We look away from his open mouth,
    look instead at the corn, the crows
    floating above the river in their private worries.
    Tonight, when we turn in,
    the candle will sputter and blow.
    Pinched out easily, all flame
    gives way to this wide black wing.
    - excerpt from "Black Wing"

    The poems in Ashland, originally published by ECW in 2003, lay the groundwork for Adamson's award-winning and internationally bestselling novel, The Outlander.

    Neogothicism, the surrealist snapshot, feminist Western and postmodern parable are just some of the elements that feed Gil Adamson's second collection of poems. Adamson creates a world fully awash in violence and history, the absurdities of the frontier, the gorgeous terrors of death. Everything is simple, and yet nothing is as it seems.

    Moving easily from prose poem to lyric, verbal portrait to improbable biography, Ashland leads us on a macabre tour of our nightmares, perverse secrets, and death-focused mythologies: "In the end we see ourselves. We last longer. The night opens its mouth, and we step in."

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