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Alistair Macleod

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09/12/2008

Alistair MacLeod is an internationally acclaimed Canadian author whose work is considered among the finest produced in the twentieth century. MacLeod's writing career has been remarkable in earning him a critical reputation just on the basis of two collections of short stories and a novel. He published fourteen short stories, collected in The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories (1986) before publishing his first novel in 1999. No Great Mischief follows the lives of several generations of a family which emigrates from Scotland to Cape Breton Island, the setting of many of MacLeod's short stories. Written over the course of thirteen years, No Great Mischief was published to enormous critical acclaim and has been translated into numerous languages. Nominated for all of Canada's major literary awards, the novel was awarded the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction, the Trillium Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Award, the Dartmouth Book & Writing Award for Fiction, the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Choice Award and the 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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