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Born in 1939 in Quebec, Marie-Claire Blais continues to dominate the literary landscape. Having published her first novel at the age of twenty, she has gone on to publish twenty novels to date in France and Quebec—all of which have been translated into English—as well as five plays and several collections of poetry. All of her writings have met with international acclaim. Winner of the Prix Médicis, the Prix Belgo-Canadien, the Prix France-Québec and many others, Blais continues to devote herself to work that is proud and exacting. Most recently, she has been invited, as one of the very few foreigners allowed, to join the Belgium’s Academy of French Language and Literature.
November 2013 : Judith’s Sister Shortlisted for Translation Award
QUOTES OF NOTEAmerican Notebooks
“Marvelously constructed … beautifully cadenced character studies.”
– Books in Canada
"I picked this up by chance, not having it on any list to get to one day — but ended up reading it bit by bit during lunch breaks and spare moments. It kept me interested over a long while, as I read each short essay and then pondered it until I found time for the next. It seemed to capture a certain era, a particular style of artistic life, that I felt close to while I spent time with this book. It was an interesting and unexpected effect, and I’m always pleased when I’m surprised by my reading."
– the indextrious reader
QUOTES OF NOTEDürer's Angel
A writer who stand head and shoulders above her contemporaries.
— Globe & Mail
QUOTES OF NOTEExecution, The
A brilliant play about the maturation of evil.
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