Written in three parts, master storyteller Arnason’s second volume of fractured prairie tales includes political fables, Ukrainian tales and fabulations, leaving no stone unturned in his parody of Canada’s political and cultural landscape.
“Stimulating detail and sensitive word play contribute to [NyjaIsland's] effectiveness; this narrative shows professor Arnason at his comic best.” — Kevin Jón Johnson, Lögberg-Heimskringla
“This collection of eighteen tales and retellings mostly for adults is the oddest, funniest, most lyrical, quirky book I have read in a long time.” — Off the Loom
“…delights in contemporary Canadian reading.” — Ralph Kuropatwa, Prairie Fire Magazine
“They are Canadian humour — good-natured, explicit, amusing, fanciful, and passing.” — Louis K. MacKendrick, NeWest Review
“Fairy tales on speed make great fiction.” — Rob McLennan, The Ottawa Xpress
“If it's a curse to be clever, David Arnason is a man truly damned.” — Lynda Shorten, The Globe & Mail
“[Arnason is] one of the wittiest, most intelligent authors around.” — Jason A. Keenan, Chilliwack Times
David Arnason is an acclaimed novelist, writer of short fiction, and editor. A finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour (King Jerry) and a winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award (The Imagined City), David has taught at the University of Manitoba since 1972. He has served as both the acting head of the Department of Icelandic Studies and head of the Department of English. Currently, he lives and writes in Gimli, MB.