Synopses & Reviews
Pauline tells her personal story of growing up through paradoxes and insights that blend social, religious, and moral textures. Her world is populated by people who turn to violence or sink into quiet despairit is a world damned. Pauline, her family, schoolmates, teachers, and friends are driven by tempestuous individual imperatives and the social deprivation they encounter. Full of satire, fantasy, energy, and lyricism, this chronicle portrays a reality that neither poetry, nor dreams, nor Paulines fantasies can weaken.
Unbelievably brilliant.” Times Literary Supplement
Lightning on the literary landscape.” Saturday Night
About the Author
Marie-Claire Blais is one of Canada's best-known authors whose books include Deaf to the City, Thunder and Light, and Wintersleep. She has received a wide variety of national and international prizes, including Prix France-Canada, Prix Athanase-David, Governor General's Literary Award, the W. O. Mitchell Literary Prize, Prix Médicis, Prix d'Italie, and Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco. She lives in Key West, Florida. Derek Coltman has worked as a translator for more than five decades and has translated many of the most recognized contemporary French authors. David Lobdell has worked as a translator of French into English since the 1970s. Barry Callaghan is a journalist, a poet, a fiction writer, and an anthologist. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.