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The Foreigner

A Tale of Saskatchewan

Afterword by Daniel Coleman
By Ralph Connor
Subjects Literary Criticism, Canadian Literature, Fiction
Series Early Canadian Literature Hide Details
Paperback : 9781554589449, 312 pages, April 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554589463, 312 pages, April 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554589456, 312 pages, April 2014


The Foreigner (1909) tells the story of Kalman Kalmar, a young Ukrainian immigrant working in rural Saskatchewan. It addresses the themes of male maturation, cultural assimilation, and a form of “muscular Christianity” recurring in Connor’s popular Western tales. Daniel Coleman’s afterword considers the text’s departure from Connor’s established fiction formulas and provides a unique framework for understanding its depiction of difference.