Books in Canada
First Novel Award
Stephen Leacock Medal
On the Same
The Salvation of
Yasch Siemens contains one of the most fanciful, fresh, and elliptical sex scenes I've seen in
some time, and also a scene in which the ecstasy of spiritual life is wonderfully,
clumsily glimpsed...only the deeply cynical will fail to laugh out loud as Yasch stumbles
and lurches toward true love, finding along the way a new and puzzling kind of
--Carol Shields, author
of The Stone Diaries, writing in Books in Canada April,
Armin Wiebe is a
comic story-teller without equal in Canada today. Please hold your sides while reading.
--Robert Kroetsch, author
of What the Crow Said
This is Wiebe's first novel, and it's an impressive debut.
It's more literary
Allan's, and Wiebe makes good use of symbolism--the TV tower
just across the American border, for example--and religious
allegory. He has brought to life a
colorful world that seems from the outside to be
and uneventful, but which has its own inner tensions and imperatives.
--William French, writing in The Globe and Mail
March 29, 1984
woman reader, I respond to Armin Wiebe's comic vision with a sense
of deep kinship and with relief that hysterical laughter can
be shared with a man and can be a
reclaiming of community.
--Magdalene Redekop, writing in Acts of Concealment