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Interview

Volume 27, Number 1 (2002)

The Iceman Cometh Across: An Interview with Thomas Wharton

Submitted
March 25, 2010
Published
January 1, 2002

Abstract

Author Thomas Wharton discusses the process of writing history in his historical novel Icefields (1995). He talks about the historical pioneering figures of the Canadian Rockies, the sense of "mountain metaphysics" he writes about, and the tradition of writing about the mountains. He also discusses the influence of modernism on his novel, calling Icefields "a modernist novel slightly out of its time." He comments on the relationship between Icefields and his second novel, Salamander.