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Noticed: Two New Anthologies on the Internment of Italian-Canadians

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Behind Barbbed Wire

Independent publisher Guernica Editions has recently published two anthologies detailing the hardships suffered by Italian-Canadians while under internment. The books, called Behind Barbed Wire: Creative Works of the Internment of Italian-Canadians and Beyond Barbed Wire: Essays on the Internment of Italian-Canadians, express these hardships through both essays and fiction, and were released at an event in Sarnia on August 19.

From the description to Beyond Barbed Wire:

The internment of Italian Canadians in the 1940s is a troubling chapter in Canadian history, and something of a paradox. Although those events are not widely known - even within the Italian Canadian community, they continue to elicit strong, polarized responses. What are the central issues surrounding those internments? What effects have they had on those interned and on subsequent generations of Canadians of Italian heritage? How should we try to move forward in response to those events?

Both books are now available online as free ebooks. The rest of Guernica's catalogue can be found here.

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