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Monday March 29, 2010 in Books

Death of the Spider

By Michèle Mailhot
Translated by Neil Bishop

“Neil Bishop has…revived this novel, Death of the Spider, in the true light of its prophecy (be it but dreamed), in the bright light too of its modernism, for this novel is both a poetic indictment of our contemporary society and a forerunner of the feminist novel—while admirably avoiding the traps of theory and rigidity. The author draws us into our very depths, our own submissiveness, our own hereditary sheep-like docility, she shuts us in with her main character, staring at the spider on the ceiling, in that secret bedroom of rebellion where this nameless heroine has withdrawn to think about her fate which is also ours and where she and we are left, alone with the shameful images of our own condition, our own, often willing, bondage.” – from the preface by Marie-Claire Blais 

ISBN 13: 9780889222984 | ISBN 10: 889222983
6 W x 9 H inches | 64 pages
$15.95 CAN / $11.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Fiction | Bisac: FIC019000


Finalist for the 1992 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation

About the Contributors

Michèle Mailhot

Michèle Mailhot was born in 1932 in Montreal. She is the winner of the 1990 Governor General’s Fiction Award for her novel Le Passé Composé. She lives and works in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The translation of her novel Death of the Spider (1991) was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Translation in 1992.

Neil Bishop
Death of the Spider
Death of the Spider

Michèle Mailhot
Translated by Neil Bishop

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