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A Story as Sharp as a Knife (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Robert Bringhurst

A Story as Sharp as a Knife (Paperback, 2nd ed.)

Robert Bringhurst

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The Haida world is a misty archipelago a hundred stormy miles off the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska. For a thousand years and more before the Europeans came, a great culture flourished in these islands. The masterworks of classical Haida sculpture, now enshrined in many of the world's great museums, range from exquisite tiny amulets to magnificent huge housepoles. Classical Haida literature is every bit as various and fine. It extends from tiny jewels crafted by master songmakers to elaborate mythic cycles lasting many hours. The linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last great Haida-speaking storytellers, poets and historians from the fall of 1900 through the summer of 1901. His Haida hosts and colleagues had been raised in a wholly oral world where the mythic and the personal interpenetrate completely. They joined forces with their visitor, consciously creating a great treasury of Haida oral literature in written form. Poet and linguist Robert Bringhurst has worked for many years with these century-old manuscripts, which have waited until now for the broad recognition they deserve. Bringhurst brings these works to life in the English language and sets them in a context just as rich as the stories themselves--one that reaches out to dozens of Native American oral literatures, and to mythtelling traditions around the globe. The world of classical Haida literature is a world as deep as the ocean, as close as the heart and as elusive as the Raven, whose unrepentant laugh persists within it all. This is a tradition brimming with profundity, hilariy and love. It belongs where Bringhurst sees it: among the great traditions of the world. Bringhurst, an acclaimed typographer and book designer, will be redesigning this edition in a beautiful new package.


Imprint: Greystone Books,Canada
Country of origin: Canada
Release date: March 2011
First published: April 2011
Authors: Robert Bringhurst
Dimensions: 211 x 137 x 36mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN-13: 978-1-55365-839-9
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > Art styles not limited by date > Art of indigenous peoples
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > General
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Human biology & related topics > Biological anthropology > General
LSN: 1-55365-839-6
Barcode: 9781553658399

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