The Empire: A Trilogy of Modern Epics (Paperback)

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The Empire: A Trilogy of Modern Epics (Paperback)

By Susanna Fournier, Sam Hudecki (Illustrator)


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Explore a world on the edge of change through three epic stories spanning five hundred years of imagined history, unpacking systems of power and what we are capable of in the pursuit of freedom.

The story starts in The Philosopher's Wife. Deep in the North, a philosopher exiled for promoting his atheist work amidst a bloody religious war yearns to ignite a revolution, but his personal life has collapsed into chaos. What begins as a desperate attempt to cure his wife's animalistic behaviour erupts into a power struggle between the sexes, unleashing violent reckonings while the world outside hurtles towards an epoch-changing revolution.

Over twenty years later, The Scavenger's Daughter examines the true face of empire as Northern forces continue to march against the South, "liberating" all who stand in their way. In a landscape blown apart by war, we follow Jack and Ash, orphan soldiers belonging to the Black Swan army, trying to survive the camp, toxic masculinity, and each other until they can be free. When Jack returns to camp, his freedom having been bought for him by a mysterious philosopher, he believes his new life is just around the corner. But as rations wear thin and the king seizes the opium trails, the camp is thrown into chaos, putting everything Jack and Ash have known--including Jack's first love, Sarah--at risk.

Centuries later, in Four Sisters, we meet Sarah again as a woman and former Madam who has survived death, the toppling of regimes, and centuries of war. When a mysterious plague breaks out, she is forced to relocate to a quarantined zone called "The Skirts" with four young girls who were orphaned by the women she once employed. But when a strange doctor arrives and discovers the girls are plague-positive, Sarah must decide whether to go ahead with an experimental treatment or none at all. As time itself begins to erode, this found family of women must face loss, love, and their individual struggles for power in a violent world.

For fans of Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, and The Mists of Avalon, The Empire is both foreign and shockingly familiar, leaving you asking, how did we get here, and where are we going?

Susanna Fournier is an award-winning writer, theatre maker, actor, and educator based in Toronto. She is most known for writing texts for live performance, visioning interdisciplinary productions, and that gig she had in that X-Men movie. She is the artistic producer of PARADIGM productions, an indie company she started in 2013 to produce rowdy, joyous, contentious, and "impossible" theatrical works. Her work has played in Toronto, Dublin, London, Berlin, and Munich, and is known for its formal experimentation and wild spirit. She is currently the playwright-in-residence at Canadian Stage. In the middle of training in fine arts, Sam Hudecki made a last-minute shift to study film and has worked in the industry ever since. He's a great believer in the power of images to tell stories and found a niche in delving into the world of dreams as a storyboard artist and concept designer, lifting the written word into a visual language. Storyboarding and illustration led Sam to working on several Oscar-nominated films such as Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, and, most recently, Dune. He lives in Toronto.
Product Details ISBN: 9780369102751
ISBN-10: 0369102754
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Publication Date: April 12th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English