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The Photographer in Search of Death
The Photographer in Search of Death

The Photographer in Search of Death

Stories of the Real and the Magical


128 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: November 2017

ISBN 9781550966862

Rights: US, CA, AU, NZ, EUR & SAM

Exile Editions (Nov 2017)


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Michael Mirolla, in The Photographer in Search of Death, tells us stories that blend the explicable with the inexplicable. As if a camel were actually passing through the eye of a needle, these stories pass what is commonplace through a hyper-realistic lens into the utterly mysterious. Houses have rooms that appear and disappear. Very real objects, invaded by an unbelievable force, become believably unreal. Streets filled with everyday individuals become – in our modern technological environment – ultra ordinary. What we wish to avoid becomes unavoidable. This is a world beyond the merely "magical" – this is a binary world of becoming.


Previous Books: Torp: "Mirolla's vivid writing and the psychological intrigue will pull readers through to the last page." – Publisher's Weekly "Mirolla writes with great passion, and his novel will appeal to anyone possessed of a nostalgic interest in this tumultuous period in Canada's history." – Quill & Quire "Torp successfully creates a feeling of mild paranoia, a kind of tense energy... [it] showcases the politics of personal lives amidst the politics of national significance." – Ottawa Review of Books Berlin: "Intriguing, passionate, sad, hilarious. Mirolla is a master storyteller... 'Berlin' will make you laugh, cry, and cringe." – Toronto Sun "A funny, tragic glimpse into the territory of the absurd, somewhere between Kafka and Vonnegut." – Calgary Herald The Giulio Metaphysics III: "An ambitious novel concerned with the nature of identity, the weight of history, the significance of catastrophe, and the legacies of fascism and communism" – Quill & Quire "Mixes theology, cloning, and Beckettlike absurdist alienation... Parallels the division between mind and body, between technology and nature, and between what we can do and what we should do." – Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Michael Mirolla is the author of numerous novels, plays, and short story and poetry collections. Among his publications are three Bressani Prize winners: the novel, Berlin (2010); the poetry collection, The House on 14th Avenue (2014); the short story collection, Lessons in Relationship Dyads (2016). "A Theory of Discontinuous Existence," was selected among the stories chosen for The Journey Prize Anthology. "The Sand Flea" was a Pushcart Prize nominee. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now makes his home in the Greater Toronto Area.