Representation of Toronto in Anne Michaels’ “Fugitive Pieces”


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Representation of Toronto in Anne Michaels’ "Fugitive Pieces"
In Anne Michael’s novel Fugitive Pieces the city of Toronto is represented not only in terms of its natural and built history, but also in its living history of neighbourhoods and culture. This paper will explore how Fugitive Pieces represents Toronto almost as an extension of the characters themselves; its natural history and its buildings reflecting and illustrating aspects of the characters who move through its environment.
Fugitive Pieces is a multi-layered novel dominated by three characters - Jakob, Athos and Ben – around whom the plot revolves. Jakob Beer, a young Jewish boy, was saved from the Nazis in Poland by a Greek archaeologist and geologist, Athos Roussos...
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.....Spadina to Bathurst, Dundas to College, with waves of the
more established rippling northward towards Bloor Street.
(Michaels 1996, p.243)
It is significant that Michaels is here likening the “waves” and “rippling” of immigrant settlement in Toronto to a natural process, for throughout Fugitive Pieces she continually interlinks different aspects and perspectives on Toronto’s natural, built and multicultural landscapes. It is almost as if the lives and deaths of characters in the novel are interwoven with their physical environment – Toronto - in which they live their lives, and which is represented through their consciousnesses, interests and perspectives.
Michaels, A. (1996). Fugitive pieces. Toronto: McClelland &