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Meet Me on the Barricades

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Title:Meet Me on the Barricades
Harrison, Charles Yale   
(3 of 4 for author by title)
There are Victories
Generals Die in Bed
Published:   1938
Publisher:Charles Scribner's Sons
Tags:Canadiana, drama, fiction, humour, satire

Meet Me on the Barricades is Harrison’s most experimental work. The novel includes a series of fantasy sequences that culminate in a scene heavily indebted to the Nighttown episode in James Joyce’s Ulysses (the novel was published a year before James Thurber’s better-known short story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”). The novel is also Harrison’s only foray into satire—an especially unexpected turn given that the Spanish Civil War literary canon, and particularly works of literature written in the midst of the war, tend towards earnestness rather than irony. Harrison’s novel is thus a unique book, significant for its self-consciousness as a modernist novel and as a political document. Meet Me on the Barricades is a densely allusive text that layers global politics, revolutionary theory, classical music, literary theory, world history, and anti-Stalinism, as well as emergent biological discourses about sex. - University of Ottawa Press. [Suggest a different description.]

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Charles Yale Harrison (1898–1954) was a Canadian author and journalist. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal. At age 16, he started working for the Montreal Star but his newspaper career was interrupted by the First World War. He enlisted in the army and was sent to France where he participated in the Battle of Amiens in 1918. He was wounded in the foot and spent the rest of the war in hospital. He returned home where he ended up in New York City continuing his literary work as a novelist, journalist, and public relations consultant. In 1930 he published his best known book, an anti-war novel, "Generals Die in Bed". He wrote another anti-war novel, called "Meet Me on the Barricades". The book which uses the Spanish Civil War as a backdrop is more of a satire and contains elements akin to James Joyce's "Ulysses". The book is significant for its self-consciousness as a modernist novel and as a political document. (Encyclopedia of literature in Canada, University of Ottawa Press)

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