George Sprott, 1894-1975
Yes it’s big and beautiful, but Seth’s Canadianized Citizen Kane is also the profound and moving account of a television host whose public persona becomes his death mask. Life, the prenatal prologue suggests, may be like a comic strip. After all, what is a man but a bundle of stories that he’s made up to go along with a handful of images? None of us understands the meaning of our dreams. Every life is full of blind spots we would like to keep behind a black panel. Memory makes a mockery of our past. Make no mistake: this is one of the fullest, most remarkable achievements of Canadian literature in the twenty-first century.