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A new edition of short stories by the legendary D.M. Fraser on “the sweetness of life.”

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CLASS WARFARE

D.M. Fraser, one of Canada’s best unknown writers, was born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, the son of a Presbyterian minister and an English teacher. He moved on his own to the west coast at the age of twenty and became part of Vancouver’s nascent literary community, specifically the motley beer-and-anarchy collection of writers, poets, and misfits associated with Pulp Press (established forty years ago in 1971). Class Warfare is Fraser’s first book, published in 1974 (with a second edition published in 1976), the result of his friendship with Pulp founder Stephen Osborne (currently the editor-in-chief of Geist magazine), who met while both were students at the University of British Columbia. It is an extraordinary collection of stories rooted in the politics and culture of 1970s Vancouver; a gloriously written call to arms addressed to the disenfranchised about the possibilities of “the sweetness of life.” This new edition of Class Warfare, published thirty-seven years after its first printing, promises to shed new light on this brilliant, unsung writer. Includes an introduction by Stephen Osborne, Fraser’s literary executor. We would have slept forever, if it had been possible; but it was not possible. The noise of gunfire woke us. The siren in the street, the crack of truncheon on skull, the groaning of muscle and crashing of blood, in all the unrewarded labours of the world, woke us. The shouts of the dying penetrated into that sleep, dragged us halfblind and staggering out of the lovely dreams, the sheltered nests we thought were ours by right, into this wakefulness, this cold and unforgiving daylight. There was no other choice.

D.M. Fraser D.M. Fraser (1947–85) was also the author of The Voice of Emma Sachs; following his death at the age of thirty-eight, Arsenal published Prelude, an edition of his collected works, and Ignorant Armies, an unfinished novel brought to life by Stephen Osborne and Bryan Carson. Fraser was also Pulp Press’s de facto editor for much of the 1970s and early 1980s.

isbn 978-1-55152-428-3

fiction

5.5 x 8 | 176 pp | paper

fic029000

$17.95 / nyp us

pub month: september

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