The Scent of Light

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Coach House Books
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5.8 X 8.6 X 0.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Kristjana Gunnars is a writer and painter, author of several books of various genres, and she frequently exhibits her artwork in Canada. She has participated in Buddhist groups and retreats with Tibetan teachers in years past. She lives in British Columbia, Canada. She is currently Visiting Professor in Languages and Literature at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.


"A quiet persistent beauty sets this work of fiction apart ... vivid and magical language ... disturbing and powerful." --Windsor Star

"Gunnars gets at the heart of what it means to read, to write, to remember ... and, in the process, to struggle for understanding and identity." --Edmonton Journal

"If Kristjana Gunnars's writings are miraculous, their miracle is much like that of the miniature flora of northern climes. There is no showiness, no dazzle. But when you pause and bow your head for a moment to look with care, you are captivated by snowflake intimacies. Hers is an elemental writing." --Monique Tschofen

"Any readers new to Kristjana Gunnars' work can count on Kazim Ali's introduction to this reissue to prepare us for the elements of fiction, autobiography, literary theory and philosophy that coalesce in her prose." -Marcie McCauley, Chicago Review of Books

"Gunnars questions what writing accomplishes when memory and emotions are fleeting, in her sophisticated omnibus of autofiction and literary criticism." - Publishers Weekly

"Gunnars uses form and theme to push past many of the boundaries of conventional fiction and nonfiction, and the stories she has produced are ripe and bursting with food for thought." - Kris Rothstein, PRISIM international

"Coach House has collected five short, perpetually migratory Gunnars books for The Scent of Light, as rewarding and important a compilation as Fanny Howe's Radical Love." - Sasha Frere-Jones, 4Columns

"There is such a lovely and lyric interiority to her passages. Gunnars' novels exist as much through ideas, theory and speculation, writing internal monologues over descriptive scenes, and writing out the ways in which one writes, far beyond simply offering a story told through sentences." - rob mclennan

"As her community of readers has known for over 30 years, there is nothing quite like Kristjana Gunnars' project in contemporary Canadian writing." - Neil Besner, Winnipeg Free Press

"The five works within The Scent of Light offer readers entrance into a deeply magnificent coalescence of human experience, and with mystery and grace, Kristjana Gunnars and her protagonists lead the way through one immense, remarkable life." - Regan Mies, Necessary Fiction

"Kristjana Gunnars's The Scent of Light is a work unyielding in its sensuality, uniquely attuned to the slippery nature of reading in the Information Age." - Dashiel Carrera, Rain Taxi Review of Books