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Goodness by Michael Redhill

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This remarkable autobiographical play by the award-winning author of Building Jerusalem and Martin Sloane, is a Russian-doll-like play: concentric stories enveloping each other. A writer is told, in confidence, a terrible tale of murder and injustice and he promises never to repeat the story. Goodness is the writer breaking his word. Recently divorced, Michael Redhill goes to Poland to get away frm his life and to do some research on the Holocaust. Thwarted by witnesses unwilling to talk, he returns home via England, but in London is introduced to someone who can tell him a 'real' story of evil. Through this reluctant witness, Redhill learns of a genocide. He encounters, through the memory of the storyteller, an alleged war criminal, about to be put on trial. But this is an old man with Alzheimer's who can no longer remember the time his crimes were allegedly committed. Has his guilt dissolved with his memory? Could he be pretending to be ill in order to escape punishment? The witness conjures for Redhill the war criminal's passionate and beautiful daughter, who will defend her father at all costs. There is also the prosecuting attorney, who has much in common with the old man whose destruction he seeks. As well as an uncomfortable attraction to his daughter. Each is drawn to the other. All is witnessed by a female prison guard -- the one who tells the playwright, years later, what really happened in the quest to give a nation some closure. Everyone's story is compelling, and the ending is as unexpected as it is shocking. Who do we believe? A prison guard still wounded by history? A writer suffering from heartache? A dying war criminal? What is our responsibility? Who does memory serve? Did the past really happen? And if it did, who has a claim on it? Goodness is a play about what happens in the gaps between experiencing, telling and hearing.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781552451632
ISBN-10: 1552451631
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 27-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: Canada

Books By Author Michael Redhill

Consolation by Michael Redhill Consolation, Hardback (April 2007)

The year is 1856. An English apothecary, J G Hallam is sent by his father to open a shop in the New World, but when that business failed, he became a reluctant partner in a photography firm. This book depicts the way time alters the contours of even the things we hold most certain. It shows what suffering the absence of a beloved means.

Martin Sloane by Michael Redhill Martin Sloane, Paperback (May 2003)

Jolene Iolas, a student in upstate New York, encounters the work of Martin Sloane while visiting a Toronto gallery. She strikes up a correspondence with the older artist and eventually they become lovers. Then, without a word of warning, he vanishes, and Jolene loses everything to her grief.

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Author Biography - Michael Redhill

Michael Redhill is the publisher and one of the editors of Brick, a journal of things literary. His most recent books are Fidelity, a collection of short fiction; Martin Sloane, a novel that was nominated for the Giller Prize, the Trillium Award, the Torgi Award, the City of Toronto Book Award, the Books in Canada/Amazon Best First Novel Prize and won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book; Light-crossing, a collection of poetry; and Building Jerusalem, a play, which won a Dora for Best New Play and a Chalmers Award for Playwriting and was nominated for a Governor General's Award. He lives with his partner and two sons in Toronto.

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