Badlands by Robert Kroetsch Photographs by George Webber Release Date: 9/21/2015 ISBN 9781771600637 7.25 x 8.25 inches 360 pages hardcover $40.00 (CAD)
Originally published in 1975, Badlands has been heralded as a comic triumph for decades. The story starts in 1916, when scientist William Dawe leads a paleontological expedition into the badlands of Alberta, obsessed with achieving world renown by discovering dinosaur fossils. Fifty years later, his daughter, Anna, enters these same badlands. In her visit to the expedition site, she exposes not only the absurdity of her father’s work but also the folly of his male ambition and attitudes.
This new, beautifully packaged edition of Kroetsch’s classic novel is reborn and reimagined for a contemporary audience with stunning and haunting black and white images by master photographer George Webber accentuating the text.
Webber's startk, unpeopled visions offer a space of silence in which Kroetsch's words reverberate. His use of Kodak Infrared film creates vistas of otherworldy light and wells of darkness that render the badlands as monumental and eerie as they are in reality, if not more so.—Thomas Wharton, Alberta Views
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts,
and of the province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.