A Traveller Came By: Stories About Dying
Sean Virgo


This is a collection of ten stories by one of Canada�s foremost fiction writers, designed to be a bedside book for people living with death. In his challenging, affirmative introduction Se�n Virgo suggests: We prepare best for death, surely by loving life. He refuses to accept the taboos and terrors which Western societies have erected around death: Dying people are vitally concerned with life, if they�re allowed. They are not lepers, or saints, or objects. And if they need stories about Death, too, it must be because the folklore of Death has withered � gone down in the twentieth-century with so many other dialects. Even humour, mankind�s dance with taboo, has failed in this area for most of us. And with that dialect has been lost the sense of relationship with the dead that I�ve envied in older cultures. These stories express the full range of that dialect, from heartbreak to raunchy comedy, with more than a few speculations about what lies across the border to �the undiscovered country�. Se�n Virgo was born in Malta, and grew up in South Africa, Malaya, Ireland and the U.K. He immigrated to Canada in 1966. He is the author of a number of acclaimed poetry and fiction publications.

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