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The Hornbooks of Rita K, Robert Kroetsch's first volume of new poetry in more than a decade, is a brilliant collection of mysterious fragments. Where has Rita gone and who is reconstructing her oeuvre? Written with wit and playfulness, Hornbooks is a welcome new work from one of Canada's best writers.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 31st 1997 by University of Alberta Press
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Every time I meet an Albertan writer, they mention their debt to Kroetsch. Although this is only 105 pages of a fairly large body of work, it made for a wonderful intro to Kroetsch, and was strong enough, even, for me to allow him into my personal pantheon of Great Writers on its strength. Superficially, this work recalls Pale Fire, but it is ultimately very different. Regardless, it is a fascinating concept and supremely well-written. Funny, sad, perplexing, unsettling, and profound in equal me ...more
Robert Kroetsch was a Canadian novelist, poet, and non-fiction writer. He taught for many years at the University of Manitoba. Kroetsch spent multiple years in Vancouver, British Columbia before returning to Winnipeg where he continued to write. In 2004 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.More about Robert Kroetsch...