a novel by Maureen Medved
“The scholarly life has lent itself to fiction and satire for decades now (centuries, if you want to go back to Chaucer). Campuses are full of thwarted ego, garbled theorizing, clanking bureaucracy—in short, regular life, only here mutating in a sealed petri dish, perfect for a novelist’s uses. Delorosa Hanks, the chaotic narrator of Black Star, is the latest heir in this line. By the second sentence of the scalding new novel by Vancouver author Maureen Medved, Hanks is referring to her academic rival as ‘a lesion of carcinogenic proportions capable of rotting and destroying departments’. It just gets darker, funnier, and more acidic from there.”—the Georgia Straight “Hilariously and blackly satiric until it’s not, Maureen Medved’s Black
Star joins a chorus of Canadian novels […] that pillory absurd Ivory Tower goings-on. Medved is merciless and uproarious even as the situation she’s portraying tips toward oblivion. … A ‘hideous narrative’ about bad behaviour, Black Star elicits frequent guffaws. Philosopherfools, what’s not to like?”—toronto Star
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