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Monday March 29, 2010 in Books

Bonjour, Là, Bonjour

By Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco

Michel Tremblay considers Bonjour, Là, Bonjour to be the best of all his works. “In Bonjour, Là, Bonjour, I apprehended the most of what I wanted to do in the theatre — to take out everything that is not strictly necessary.”

This new substantially revised translation by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco updates their original English translation of Bonjour, Là, Bonjour which has been available from Talonbooks since 1975.

ISBN 13: 9780889222526 | ISBN 10: 889222525
6 W x 9 H inches | 92 pages
$15.95 CAN / $11.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
Revised edition

QUOTES OF NOTE

“And you thought your family was dysfunctional! Bonjour, Là, Bonjour shows a young man claiming himself from his kin—but it’s not your typical coming-of-age story. … Michel Tremblay’s 1974 script (revised in 1986) is a symphony of overlapping voices … Tremblay’s characters are richly textured”
Georgia Straight

“Dialogue functions like movements in a piece of music. It’s confusing at first, until the individual parts cohere into duets, trios, quartets, and octets. … At the heart of the play is a secret that each family member already knows or should suspect, but has never acknowledged. … Bonjour, là, Bonjour was first performed in Québécois French by the Compagnie des Deux Chaises at the National Art Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1974. Tremblay used his working-class background as source material.”
Santa Fe New Mexican

About the Contributors

Michel Tremblay

One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, Michel Tremblay has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

Awards and Recognition*
Prix du Grand (2009) La Traversée de la ville (Leméac Editeur Inc.)
Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix (2006)
Globe and Mail Top 100 Books (2003) Birth of a Bookworm
Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (2000) For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again
Chalmers Awards (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1989, 2000)
Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (1999)
Molson Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (1994)
Louis-Hémon Prize (1994)
Montreal Book Fair Grand Public Prize (1994)
Banff Centre National Award (1992)
Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France (1991)
Chevalier of the Order of Quebec (1990)
San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Festival Long-Standing Public Service Award (1989)
CBC Anik Prize (1988)
Athanase-David Lifetime Achievement Prize (1988)
Quebec-Paris Prize (1985)
Chevalier of Arts and Letters of France (1984).

John Van Burek

John Van Burek has been a practising theatre artist for over twenty years, in both French and English, throughout Canada. He has also worked in the fields of opera, film and television. He is also one of Canada’s leading translators for theatre, most notably of Michel Tremblay’s plays, including Les Belles-Soeurs (Talonbooks). Mr. Van Burek has received several awards and citations for his work, including the Toronto Drama Bench Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Canadian Theatre.

Bill Glassco

Born in Quebec, William Grant (“Bill”) Glassco was a Canadian theatre director, producer and founder of Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. He then became the artistic director of the CentreStage Theatre Company which merged, in 1988, with the Toronto Free Theatre to become CanStage. In 1982, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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