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Christian Guay-Poliquin was born just north of the U.S. border in Saint-Armand, Quebec, in 1982. He believes the art of the narrative is grounded in the demands and details of daily life, situated in a world ripe with experience. He is currently developing a doctoral thesis on the hunting narrative and writing his second novel, Le poids de le neige, forthcoming from La Pleuplade in September 2016. Le fil des kilomètres (La Peiplade, 2013), his first novel, was published in both Quebec and France.
QUOTES OF NOTERunning on Fumes
“Reminiscent of the harsh, macho and laconic style of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road … I [also] read with interest the ‘Translator’s Note’ by Jacob Homel …”
“Simultaneously gritty and poetic, Running on Fumes appeals to our deep-seated fascination with apocalypse, disaster, and the collapse of civilization. … A road trip as an opportunity to examine one’s own life isn’t new; neither is the retelling of the Minotaur myth. By mixing these two and adding a helping of mysterious disaster, Guay-Poliquin offers us a fresh and interesting take on all three themes.”
—Speculative Fiction in Translation (blog)
“Running on Fumes is a taut tale, a classic road trip that kicks off with just a man and his car (and a bad-tempered cat for company). … Guay-Poliquin’s work is one that pulls you along, the short sections and terse language reflecting both the simplicity and the tension of the journey, and Jacob Homel does an excellent job of bringing this across into English … The novel can be dark at times as the writer hints at what lies ahead, and as the kilometres mount, the mood intensifies. … The cover of the translation, depicting the Minotaur of Greek legend, is apt since the writer frequently draws on the legend as a source for his story. … Running on Fumes is an entertaining novel, with more questions than answers … It is an intriguing story of the way our ghosts can always catch us up, no matter how fast we drive in the opposite direction.”
“An original story that incorporates contemporary concerns … unexpectedly topical … Running on Fumes is a Canadian legend processed as Canadian mythology.”
“A taut story of mental and civil collapse.”
–Globe & Mail
“In June Christian Guay-Poliquin’s much-praised debut novel, Running on Fumes, will be published by Talonbooks in Jacob Homel’s translation. The consensus among reviewers is that it’s a lyrical blend of the contemporary and the classico-mythical, with a generous helping of road movie. And that English-language cover is intriguing …”
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