The fourth title in Biblioasis’s Renditions Series, Century begins with the nightmare visions of a young woman named Jane Seymour, catching the reader up in a chronicle of the Seymour family that moves from Austria, America and Africa, through Edinburgh and Venice, and then back through the Paris of the Belle Epoque and forward to 1923 Germany.
Terrifying, powerful, slashing and satiric, yet at the same time musical and wonder-filled, Century remains the most important work of Ray Smith’s ouevre, and one of the most impressive, and far-reaching novels ever published in Canada.
"In a long – and, to be honest, wildly uneven – career Smith has written some of the most truly original books ever published in this country. It’s hard to think of another writer we have who has pushed the form of the novel as far, and few whose best work so demands our attention." (National Post)
"Century is an engaging book to read...the contrast between its own literary beauties and its pessimistic implications echo the inability of its characters to combine beauty and value." (Books in Canada)
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