The Meagre Tarmac (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the 2011 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee

Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award

Clark Blaise's brilliantly imagined The Meagre Tarmac is a novel in short-story form, warmly intimate, startling in its quick jumps and revelations, a portrait of individuals for whom we come to care deeply - and a portrait of an Indo-American way of life that shimmers before our eyes with the rich and compelling detail for which Clark Blaise's fiction is renowned .... The Meagre Tarmac is a remarkable accomplishment.--Joyce Carol Oates

An Indo-American Canterbury Tales, The Meagre Tarmac explores the places where tradition, innovation, culture, and power meet with explosive force. It begins with Vivek Waldekar, who refused to attend his father's funeral because he was "trying to please an American girl who thought starting a fire in his father's body too gross a sacrilege to contemplate." It ends with Pranab Dasgupta, the Rockefeller of India, who can only describe himself as "'a very lonely, very rich, very guilty immigrant.'" And in between is a cluster of remarkable characters, incensed by the conflict between personal desire and responsibility, who exhaust themselves in pursuit of the miraculous. Fearless and ferociously intelligent, these stories are vintage Blaise, whose outsider's view of the changing heart of America has always been ruthless and moving and tender.

About the Author


Clark Blaise (1940-), Canadian and American, is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction. A longtime advocate for the literary arts in North America, Blaise has taught writing and literature at Emory, Skidmore, Columbia, NYU, Sir George Williams, UC-Berkeley, SUNY-Stony Brook, and the David Thompson University Centre. In 1968, he founded the postgraduate Creative Writing Program at Concordia University; he after went on to serve as the Director of the International Writing Program at Iowa (1990-1998), and as President of the Society for the Study of the Short Story (2002-present). Internationally recognized for his contributions to the field, Blaise has received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy (2003), and in 2010 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Blaise now divides his time between New York and San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, American novelist Bharati Mukherjee.

Praise For…


"Top work from a master storyteller and border-crosser ... a gem of a book."
Margaret Atwood

"Blaise is probably the greatest living Canadian writer most Canadians have never heard of."
Quill & Quire

"The Meagre Tarmac is a naked instance of appropriation of voicea literary felony justified in this case by the results."
Philip Marchand, National Post

"Not to be forgotten ... is Clark Blaise's collection The Meagre Tarmac, wherein a writer's writer excelled himself and got more attention than he has received in a long time, though still not as much as he deserves."Ian McGillis, Gazette

"You know it's going to be a stellar year for fiction when Clark Blaise publishes something. The Meagre Tarmac ... demonstrates yet again that Blaise is one of the continent's master authors."Uptown

"On the leading edge of world literature."
John Barber, Globe and Mail

"What holds the collection together is Blaise's mastery of the short story, his ability to give us a whole personality and the sensuous particularity of lived experiences in a handful of pages."
Steven Hayward, Globe and Mail

"It is the cultural, geographical, and historical scope of the stories that most impresses ... wickedly subtle ... this book is anything but meagre."
Toronto Star

"As good a collection as any I’ve read."
Montreal Gazette

"A collection greater than the sum of its formidable parts."Montreal Gazette

"Masterpiece. That's a big word. In 20 years of writing book reviews I don't think I've ever used it, but I'm throwing the dart at The Meagre Tarmac."
The Underground Book Club



Product Details
ISBN: 9781926845159
ISBN-10: 1926845153
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication Date: June 7th, 2011
Pages: 200
Language: English