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Posted: Tuesday December 11, 2012
Patrice Martin

Patrice Martin is a writer and politician who claims to have been bumping into the spirit of Kafka for most of his adult life. His years spent in government, first as a procedural clerk in Canada’s House of Commons, then as a municipal councillor, no doubt helped shape his first novel, the deliciously absurd Kafka’s Hat. Martin holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Ottawa. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, with his wife and daughter.

LATEST Patrice Martin NEWS

May 2014 : Descant Magazine Reviews Kafka’s Hat


Kafka's Hat

Nominated for the 2013 Typographic Translation Award (Typographic Era blog)


Kafka's Hat

“Darkly humorous, inventive, and insightful … this novel is endlessly interesting to discuss, map out, and timeline with a few good friends. Just as the way many of the three authors’ stories looped and fell back on themselves, Kafka’s Hat successfully does the same. Anything is possible in fiction, Martin seems to be telling us. Literature incorporates the mundane with the infinite, the laughable with the grim, and for his first novel, Patrice Martin achieves this …”

“Patrice Martin’s first novel revels in the humour, witty eloquence, and intelligence of the author.”
Le Devoir

“skillful … a playful, meta-literary work that extends and illuminates his precursors’ ideas about the relationship between readers, writers and texts. … At first, it seems as though Martin is simply mimicking Kafka’s style, but as he enlists elements from Auster, Borges, and Calvino, the book becomes an entertaining web of intertextual connections. ”
– Literary Review of Canada

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