Shaf and the Remington

Shaf and the Remington

Published Date: September 1, 2022

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Shaf, a physics teacher and a philosopher, fought as a partisan in the Balkans during the Second World War. He has not been heard from for 40 years. How could such an ubiquitous and expansive person disappear? Did the murder of his mother and girlfriend Nika by fascists during the War spark his sporadic displays of insanity? Rumours had him teaching in the United States and Europe during the Cold War.

Ben, Shaf’s former student and Nika’s brother, has never given up looking for him. He finally meets up with Shaf in his home town, where they first met. The encounter does not turn out as expected.

Set in Sabzic, a fictitious town in an unnamed country in the Balkans, Shaf and the Remington chronicles the lives of a family, a people, a town and a nation, from dawn at the time of the first great War to dusk as the Cold War sputters to an end.

Rana BoseRana Bose is an award-winning novelist, playwright, poet, and dramaturge. He has written four novels, including Fog (2019), winner of The Miramichi Reader’s 2019 Best Canadian Fiction Award. His plays have been published and performed in Canada and the United States. Founding editor of Montreal Serai, Rana Bose lives in Montreal.


“This is a gripping, exuberantly written tale, mixing genres and vocabularies, tracking the elusive dream of interethnic harmony.   Rana Bose’s story is beautiful and wise.” Sherry SimonCanada Chair in Translation and Cultural History, Director of Concordia’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Humanities Program, author of The City in Translation: “Urban Cultures of Central Europe”

“Masterfully crafted, the final pages of the book compel the reader to start over again.” Nilambri Ghai,founding member and editor of Montréal Serai, author of From Johanne to Janaki: Bringing Vikings to Varanasi.


In the media

“Set in the fictitious town of Sabzic in what is clearly Yugoslavia but never identified as such, Bose relates the personal stories of Ben and Shaf against the backdrop of invading panzer divisions and local partisans. But this is in no way historical fiction. Rather, it is an allegory to the forces of human nature, which pit the petty desire to divide against the will to unite. … [Rana Bose] would certainly merit a place in Canada’s pantheon of outstanding writers.” Ian Thomas Shaw, The Ottawa Review of Books.

 

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