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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Clear-eyed and written with the verve and passion of a working-class activist, VOYAGE THROUGH THE PAST CENTURY is Rolf Knight's autobiographical account of his extraordinary life. A PhD in anthropology and fieldwork in northern Quebec constitute his formal schooling, but it was Knight's travels along the north coast of British Columbia as a youth, as well as trips to Berlin, Nigeria, New York and Colombia that shaped his politics and views. VOYAGE THROUGH THE PAST CENTURY is an engaging record of a fascinating life, and an indispensable account of a time and place that has marked our age, even as the events that shaped it fade into the past.
"A fascinating account of a vanishing world of rednecks and roustabouts. Wise, sometimes bitter, always insightful and moving." Mark Leier, author of Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, Revolutionary, Mystic, Labour Spy
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Rolf Knight was born in 1936, and grew up in Vancouver and in the resource workers' camps of the British Columbia coast, where he worked until the late 1950s. After earning a BA and MA from the University of British Columbia, he traveled for some years before getting his PhD from Columbia University in New York in 1968. He returned to Canada and taught at the University of Manitoba, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Toronto, until leaving academia for good in 1977, supporting his writing as a laborer, taxi driver, and baggage handler at the Vancouver International Airport. Knight is the author of numerous important books about British Columbia history, including A Very Ordinary Life (with Phyllis Knight; 1974), A Man of Our Times (with Maya Koizumi; 1976), Indians at Work (1978; reissued 1996), Along the No. 20 Line (1980; reissued 2011) and Homer Stevens: A Life In Fishing (1992). In 1992 he received a Canadian Historical Association award for his contributions to regional history. He lives in Burnaby, BC.Review:
"Rolf Knight is that rare bird, an independent thinker... He seems permanently at odds with the world, unmellowed and unrepentant." --Geist
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Book Description New Star Books, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1554200687