Book Review: Torp

The landlord, the husband, the wife, and the lover.


Giulio di Orio, an assistant lecturer in Philosophy, brings one of his students, known as Torp to the Vancouver flat he shares with his wife Nicole. Soon their landlord is convinced that Torp is the devil incarnate, and the police have arrested him for the street bombings that have been plaguing the city. A sexually-charged tale bubbling with lust, suspected murder, and the twilight of the flower children—all set against the backdrop of martial law in 1970 Vancouver.


“I,” Torp said, standing up and beating his chest, “am a mad bomber!” He jumped up onto one of the metal shelves that lined the side of the warehouse. “I am going to blow this whole city to kingdom come.” He started climbing. “I will create a new nation built on the principles of nihilism and anarchy.”


Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael Mirolla is the award-winning author of the novel Berlin (2010 Bressani Prize); The Giulio Metaphysics III; and the poetry collection The House on 14th Avenue (2014 Bressani Prize). He lives in Oakville, Ontario.


“With Torp, Michael Mirolla once again demonstrates that he can be considered one of the finest prose writers in this country. This is a love story that reads like a mystery novel set in Vancouver in 1970. A fable, almost a swan song of the flower-power days.” — Antonio D’Alfonso

“Michael Mirolla continues to cut a distinct path in literature. His writing, fluid and relaxed over tight and well considered structures, goes where few dare. From Berlin to The Facility and now Torp, his works are fun to read while leaving stubborn, haunting afterglows, The result is both disturbingly sad and very funny.” – Michael Springate


Linda Leith Publishing
Founded in 2011, LLP is proud to have introduced new voices to Canadian literature by publishing acclaimed first—and second—novels that have won or been nominated for literary awards and other honours. The publisher of the Singles series of essays and of work by multiple award-winning Canadian cartoonist Terry Mosher (aka Aislin), LLP is dedicated to changing the world, one book at a time. Located in Montreal, LLP is also known as Linda Leith Éditions, which publishes books in French.