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Every Night I Dream I’m a Monk, Every Night I Dream I’m a Monster

  • Publication Date: September 3, 2024
  • EAN: 9781990601804
  • 272 pages; 5½" x 8½"

A risk-taking, labyrinthine, and absolutely original collection of short stories.

Every Night I Dream I’m a Monk, Every Night I Dream I’m a Monster offers an unfolding puzzle of the human psyche that is at once explosive, funny, dark, sweet, pained, and utterly strange. From the tangled threads of a messed-up family to the timeless themes of consciousness, love, art, and death, Damian Tarnopolsky’s narrative journey takes readers through past, present, and future, with stories spanning from 1980s England to Renaissance France to present-day Canada to a world yet to come.

Each tale stands alone in its stylistic direction, only to connect and reflect back on each other in unexpected, touching, and sometimes jarring ways. As characters from different times and places converge, the result is a mosaic of emotions and insights that mirror the complexities of a self in time.

With echoes of Chekhov, Olga Tokarczuk, and Jennifer Egan, this is a collection that transcends the boundaries of traditional storytelling, offering a glimpse into the workings of human relationships, inheritance, and experience.

Praise for Damian Tarnopolsky

“Damian Tarnopolsky’s style is essentially witty: it combines observation and action in a way that is so elegant, so articulate and yet light of touch that one is hardly aware of its complexity.” RUSSELL SMITH

“Damian Tarnopolsky often writes like a dazzling fallen angel. . . . I listened to Tarnopolsky plucking at my shopworn critical synapses, and asked why he made them sing in a way several prize contenders haven’t. The answer is that he’s a truly new voice, delivered with a rare panache.” GLOBE AND MAIL

“At turns surreal, serio-comic, whimsical and erotic, Tarnopolsky’s stories hurtle headlong into the heart of our myths . . . and reveal that the truth waiting for us is not what we’d expect.” TORONTO STAR

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