Thrasher: Skid Row Eskimo


Thrasher, Anthony Apakark; Gerard Deagle; Alan Mettrick


Thrasher, Anthony Apakark; Gerard Deagle; Alan Mettrick. Thrasher: Skid Row Eskimo. Toronto: Griffin House, 1976. First Edition, First Printing. ISBN: 9780887600821. pp. ix, 164. Small 8vo., measuring 6″ x 9″. Teal hardcovers with gilt lettering to the spine. Black-and-white photograph frontispiece of the author. One map. Very light touch of bumping to spine ends otherwise in near fine condition, contents bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding; housed in very good lightly rubbed unclipped dustjacket showing edgewear (dustjacket now housed in protective mylar sleeve). A lovely copy of a uniquely Indigenous memoir. Quite scarce in commerce with only a handful of institutional holdings. Overall, very good+. Hardcover. ”The original manuscript for this book – over 120,000 words – was written in prison by a bitter, sad, guilty Eskimo named Anthony Apakark Thrasher. It was a stream of consciousness that brought back his childhood in the North and his violent, doomed struggle to survive in the cities. It is a story of one man and two Canadas. Thrasher was tried in the spring of 1970 for the killing of a man whose battered body was found in a Calgary rooming house. He was convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to a fifteen year prison term which was reduced, on appeal, to seven years. Thrasher’s lawyer, and the man who encouraged him to write, was Willim Stilwell. Covering the trial for the Calgary Herald was reporter, Gerry Deagle. The end product was a diary as touching and savage as any ever written by a Canadian”. (#2236) $150.00