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Last Seen
     

Last Seen

by Matt Cohen
 
Last Seen, Matt Cohen’s penultimate novel, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Trillium Book Award. Last Seen is a darkly comic story of two brothers and a woman who brings them both back to life. Harold, the older brother, is handsome and charming but dying of cancer. Alex is bookish and a scholar in Europe. With

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Last Seen, Matt Cohen’s penultimate novel, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Trillium Book Award. Last Seen is a darkly comic story of two brothers and a woman who brings them both back to life. Harold, the older brother, is handsome and charming but dying of cancer. Alex is bookish and a scholar in Europe. With Francine, a nurse they both once loved, Alec cares for Harold until he dies. One day, Alec goes into a bar full of Elvis impersonators and there meets Francine—and Harold. Why has Harold come back from the dead? In this fragmentary tale of obsessive grieving, Cohen mixes moments of wry humour with touching pathos. Last Seen demonstrates that it takes more than death to untie the knot between two brothers.

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From the Publisher
"Read it. Last Seen will burn a hole in your heart." -Monday Magazine

"His best novel to date.... Almost unbearably sad, it's also, at times, very funny ... and full of a quirky, left-handed wisdom [for which] we give thanks." -Margaret Atwood, The Globe and Mail

"Unforgettable ... will leave empathetic readers sweaty-palmed and gasping." -NOW

"Last Seen is glorious. Matt Cohen composes an eloquent anthem to brotherhood, to earthly and unearthly attachments, and not least, to death itself. That he accomplishes this with beauty, grace and also great humour is simply remarkable." -Joan Barfoot

"Rich and imaginative ... Last Seen is an exquisitely written and uplifting novel." -Calgary Herald

"Last Seen is a dark, mordantly funny novel [and] a story of tremendous emotional power."-The Ottawa Citizen

Now
"Unforgettable . . . will leave empathetic readers sweaty-palmed and gasping."
Calgary Herald
"Rich and imaginative . . . Last Seen is an exquisitly written and solemnly uplifing novel."
Macleans
"Moving and trenchantly funny . . . a kaleidoscopic study of the complications of brotherly love and family."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780676970814
Publisher:
Knopf Canada
Publication date:
08/26/1997
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Matt Cohen was born in Kingston, Ontario. He received his master's degree from the University of Toronto and in the late 1960s, he taught political philosophy at McMaster University. Between 1969 and 1999, he published more than 20 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, and two books for children -- an impressive body of work that drew him international admiration and garnered him the Toronto Arts Award. During career he was winner of the Governor Generals' Award for Fiction, a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for short fiction and was a recipient of the John Glassco Translation Prize. He was also a founding member of the Writers' Union of Canada

R.H. Thomson is one of Canada's most respected actors of stage and screen. He has appeared in leading roles at most major Canadian theatre companies, including title roles in Hamlet, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Glenn (a play based on the life of celebrated pianist Glenn Gould). The recipient of numerous awards, including several Gemini and Dora Mavor Moore awards, he is best known for his work in film and television, including the role of Jasper in the long-running television series Road to Avonlea.

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