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Islands of Decolonial Love


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In her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love, renowned writer and activist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson vividly explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially those of her own Nishnaabeg nation. Found on reserves, in cities and small towns, in bars and curling rinks, canoes and community centres, doctors offices and pickup trucks, Simpson’s characters confront the often heartbreaking challenge of pairing the desire to live loving and observant lives with a constant struggle to simply survive the historical and ongoing injustices of racism and colonialism. Told with voices that are rarely recorded but need to be heard, and incorporating the language and history of her people, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Islands of Decolonial Love is a profound, important, and beautiful book of fiction.



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Published 15 November 2013
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EAN13 9781927886052
Language English

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Betasamosake Simbson, Leanne, 1971-, author Islands of decolonial love / Leanne Betasamosake Simbson.
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still, i am not tragic
—lee maracle, “blind justice”
i have to tell you something, i said. i’m not going to lie. i have to tell you. i have this god-shaped hole in my heart, and i think you do too.
rIchard van camp,the lesser blessed