The Last Will and Testament of Jon Martinez de Larrume

The Last Will and Testament of Jon Martinez de Larrume

Author: Antony Christie
Genre: Poetry
Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: March 15, 2008
ISBN: 1-55081-241-6
EAN: 978-1-55081-241-1

The Last Will and Testament of Jon Martinez de Larrume explores Labrador South and the people who were drawn to its resources and wild beauty from the 1500s to the present day.

From one of the first wills written in Canada, the collection moves to a recreation of voices from the 1893 journal of photographer Eliot Curwen combined with a description of the Straits coast today, before the main voice becomes that of Jon Martinez himself, a Basque adventurer from Orio in Spain who died at Red Bay in June 1577. The central section of 25 linked poems explores his state of mind during the voyage to Labrador and a hard overwintering, focusing on his changing attitudes towards his ambition, his desire for wealth, his religion and his wife Ana and daughter Marie who wait for his return.


“How good it is to come across this ambitious and successfully accomplished project … the thematic link carries you through finely wrought descriptive and meditative poems … It is a book which deepens with re-reading … Indeed, Antony Christie’s imagination needs no camera to supplement the memorable world he creates.”

– UK’s Seam Magazine

“Assured and brimming with excellence … yielding treasures of imagery and feelings that meet at a subtle junction of the spare and sacred.”

Newfoundland Quarterly, Vol. 101, number 1

“Author Anthony Christie has given voice and purpose to a unique time and place.”

Mount Forest Confederate

“Combining Larume’s last will with Edwin Curwen’s journals and his own experience of the Labrador coast …[Christie] sketches a sense of that bygone era.”

– Harold N. Walters, The Packet

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