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Stories from a Tearoom Window

Lore and Legends of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
Hardcover Book
September, 2016
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Publisher’s Description: 

A Tristram Shandyesque novella about failing memory and failed writing, from one of French Canadas most exciting new voices.

A young, floundering author meets Robert Baloney Lacerte, an older, marginal poet who seems to own nothing beyond his unwavering certainty. Over the course of several evenings, Lacerte recounts his unrelenting quest for poetry, which has taken him from Quebecs Boreal forests to South America to East Montreal, where he seems poised to disappear without a trace. But as the blocked writer discovers, Lacerte might just be full of it.

[Bocks] deeply original writing always seeks out the mot juste, then sculpts them into sentences that describe the slightest variations of human emotions in spectacular complexity, harnessing the power of form, rhythm, and sound.

Mario Cloutier, La Presse (translated from the French)

Books are dangerous. They call into question the order of things, turn the world upside down to get a better sense of it and shake the dust off the lenses we look through. [...] No one can say where this book by Maxime Raymond Bock will take us. Its an incandescent plea for the latent powers of literature, something like a necessity.

Jrmy Laniel, Spirale (translated from the French)

Praise for Atavisms:

Crackles with the energy of a Quebcois folk song, impassioned and celebratory but also melancholy and cheekily ironic ... As in Bolaos work, narrative itself is often the subject; stories are folded within other stories and narrators are constantly asserting their presence ... Like Bolao, Bock alternates between rage, sorrow, protest, and dark comedy, and the two writers share a sense of urgency of writing against time as much as about it.

Pasha Malla, The New Yorker

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