John Degen


"The language seems almost deliberately unremarkable, the imagery prosaic and employed sparingly. All of which leaves Degan's quiet anecdotes and observations to take centre stage . . The pieces in Animal Life in Bucharest succeed because they find ways either to defeat or exceed expectations, and because they never waver in their understanding of their basic exclusion from the daily lives of people in a crushed society."
—Kevin Connolly, eye weekly

"Degen knows how to develop lyrically intense narratives; getting the story right, no matter who it might hurt, is important... he has a fine sense of the line, and his line breaks generally push hard on a turn of tone. Killing Things works well as a collection of sharply evocative traditional short narratives."
-Douglas Barbour, Canadian Literature