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Title:Selling Illusions: The Cult Of Multiculturalism In Canada
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Neil Bissoondath
Publisher:Penguin Canada
ISBN:0141006765
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Number of Pages:252
Category:Non fiction, Canada

Selling Illusions: The Cult Of Multiculturalism In Canada by Neil Bissoondath

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Selling Illusions: The Cult Of Multiculturalism In Canada Since he immigrated to Canada almost three decades ago Neil Bissoondath has consistently refused the role of the ethnic and sought to avoid the burden of hyphenation a burden that would label him as an East Indian Trinidadian Canadian living in Quebec Bissoondath argues that the policy of multiculturalism with its emphasis on the former or ancestral homeland and its insistence that There is more important than Here discourages the full loyalty of Canada s citizens Through the Multiculturalism Act Canada has sought to order its population into a cultural mosaic of diversity and tolerance Seeking to preserve the heritage of Canada s many peoples the policy nevertheless creates unease on many levels transforming people into political tools and turning historical distinctions into stereotyped commodities It encourages exoticism highlighting the differences that divide Canadians rather than the similarities that unite them .

i Selling Illusions i is Neil Bissoondath s personal exploration of a politically motivated public policy with profound private ramifications a policy flawed from its inception but nonetheless implemented with unmatched zeal

Selling Illusions: The Cult Of Multiculturalism In Canada

Since he immigrated to Canada almost three decades ago Neil Bissoondath has consistently refused the role of the ethnic and sought to avoid the burden of hyphenation a burden that would label him as an East Indian Trinidadian Canadian living in Quebec Bissoondath argues that the policy of multiculturalism with its emphasis on the former or ancestral homeland and its insistence that There is more important than Here discourages the full loyalty of Canada s citizens Through the Multiculturalism Act Canada has sought to order its population into a cultural mosaic of diversity and tolerance Seeking to preserve the heritage of Canada s many peoples the policy nevertheless creates unease on many levels transforming people into political tools and turning historical distinctions into stereotyped commodities It encourages exoticism highlighting the differences that divide Canadians rather than the similarities that unite them br br i Selling Illusions i is Neil Bissoondath s personal exploration of a politically motivated public policy with profound private ramifications a policy flawed from its inception but nonetheless implemented with unmatched zeal


The Unyielding Clamor of the Night: A Novel

b A mesmerizing novel about the brutal and lasting effects of poverty and violence b br br Arun a young man of privileged background leaves his home in the prosperous north of his Southeast Asian island nation to teach in the devastated south where a civil war between the military and rebel insurgents profoundly affects daily life Idealistic and driven by a need to give meaning to his life Arun relinquishes the trappings of wealth to dedicate himself to improving the lot of the percenters as the country s southern population is called Over the course of several months he befriends some of the local people Jaisaram the local butcher and his daughter Anjani who reads to her father from romance novels Kumarsingh a go getting entrepreneur Seth an American trained army captain stationed at the local base and various pupils br br In Omeara however nothing is as it seems everyone has secrets and truth is elusive At the village school attendance is meager and irregular The only students who attend are those who damaged by the conflict are incapable of working in the fields Surrounded by poverty and the constant threat of violence Arun s optimism is eventually depleted and frustration with educating the village s schoolchildren overwhelms him When violence finally touches him personally he is forced to confront basic truths about his friends his family his country and most wrenchingly himself


Doing the Heart Good

The beginning of Neil Bissoondath s em Doing the Heart Good em marks the end of a seventy year old man s independent life Alistair Mackenzie widower father grandfather retired professor lover of Dickens and good sherry is forced to move in with his daughter and her family bringing with him only a few medals pyjamas that still bear the smell of smoke and memory that territory alien and untrustworthy unfailingly inhabited by a familiar stranger br br Seeking to come to terms with a life he has never anticipated fearful of disappearing after his death he examines significant episodes from his shattered past revisiting a lifetime of love and quarrels friendship and betrayal war and peace As he performs that strange and wonderful dance of moving forward while also looking back the past begins to lend coherence to the confused present and to reveal the thread that connects him to his new future with his daughter his son in law and his grandson A sedentary man quietly living out the final years of life Alistair Mackenzie must learn how to adapt to his place in time and how not to let the rest of his life pass him by his family become strangers his achievements be forgotten br br A novel of memory of what it means how it informs how it can salvage tomorrow from the debris of yesterday written at the very height of a great artist s power


Soul of All Great Designs

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A Casual Brutality

A novel about the quest of one man to comprehend how a national tragedy so cruelly and illogically turned into personal tragedy while capturing at the same time the laughter and colour of island life as the action moves from Toronto to the Caribbean By the same author Digging Up the Mountains


The Worlds Within Her

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Digging Up the Mountains

This dazzling collection of short stories originally published in marks the brilliant debut of Neil Bissoondath a major voice in Canadian fiction Focusing on contemporary themes of cultural dislocation revolution and the shifting politics of the Third World the stories resonate with Bissoondath s compassion for people threatened by circumstances beyond their control


Innocence Of Age

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On The Eve Of Uncertain Tomorrows

In this expertly crafted book of short stories his first since i Digging up the Mountains i Neil Bissoondath evokes an exhilarating range of emotions He is a master of comic detail a sly conjurer of the unexpected and a compassionate chronicler of people s hopes fears dreams and needs br br His gallery of characters vividly brought to life by the precise and supple prose for which Bissoondath is renowned is made up of strangers in strange lands desperately hoping to find their tomorrows Some do The tragedies and complexities both political and personal of these characters are laid bare Yet this is above all Neil Bissoondath s most hopeful book to date With his assured and humane voice he celebrates the small acts of triumph achieved by people emotionally endangered people searching for a calm centre


The/L Age of Confession/Âge de la confession (The Antonine Maillet-Northrop Frye Lecture Series) (English and French Edition)

Stories shape the world imposing order on chaos and the stories we tell declare I exist Neil Bissoondath presses these assertions about narrative further Stories are also he says forms of confession Each time we tell a story we reveal a little about our experiences dreams fears desires and fantasies Unlike governments which try to control and simplify narrative fiction writers use narrative expansively for exploration and discovery Questions are numerous answers are rare Fiction is confessional born of the writer s own visions terrors and obsessions it is unique in its ability to affirm human existence and confirm human complexity The Age of Confession is the first Northrop Frye Antonine Maillet Lecture sponsored by the Universite de Moncton It was presented on April in Moncton New Brunswick during the Northrop Frye International Literary Festival


Soul of All Great Designs, The Worlds Within Her, Doing the Heart Good, The Unyielding Clamor of the Night: A Novel, The/L Age of Confession/Âge de la confession (The Antonine Maillet-Northrop Frye Lecture Series) (English and French Edition), Innocence Of Age, A Casual Brutality, Digging Up the Mountains, Selling Illusions: The Cult Of Multiculturalism In Canada, On The Eve Of Uncertain Tomorrows