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Here the Dark

Here the Dark is a novel by David Bergen.

David Bergen

From the streets of Danang, Vietnam, where a boy falls in with a young American missionary, to fishermen lost on the islands of Honduras, to the Canadian prairies, where an aging rancher finds himself smitten and a teenage boy's infatuation reveals his naiveté, the short stories in Here the Dark chronicle the geographies of both place and heart. Featuring a novella about a young woman torn between faith and doubt in a cloistered Mennonite community, David Bergen's latest deftly renders complex moral ambiguities and asks what it means to be lost—and how, through grace, we can be found. (From Biblioasis)

Here the Dark was on the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist.

The book features the story How Can n Men Share a Bottle of Vodka?, which won the 1999 CBC Short Story Prize.

David Bergen is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. In 2005, his novel The Time in Between won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His other books include The Matter with Morris, and Stranger in 2016. His novel The Age of Hope was defended by Ron MacLean on Canada Reads in 2013.

Giller Prize jury citation: "A dying woman asks an aging rancher to become her last lover. A fishing boat sputters to a halt off the coast of Honduras, compelling its owner to decide the fate of his repellent client. A young woman in a puritanical religious community glimpses the coloured world outside, and must choose whether to close her eyes, or to run. Sexual loneliness and moral confusion pull at the delicately wrought characters in David Bergen's latest work, a story collection of masterly skill and tension. His third appearance on the Giller shortlist – including the 2005 winner, The Time in Between – affirms Bergen among Canada's most powerful writers. His pages light up; all around falls into darkness."

Interviews with David Bergen

Author David Bergen speaks with CBC Manitoba's Marcy Markusa about his Writers' Trust Matt Cohen Award win. 5:43
David Bergen, author of "Leaving Tomorrow", answers the Proust Questionnaire 5:35
David Bergen on his new novel about a young Guatemalan woman who travels to a dystopian future America to reclaim her stolen daughter. 13:18
David Bergen discusses The Age of Hope with Shelagh Rogers. 19:00

Other books by David Bergen 

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