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Tuesday January 21, 2014 in Books

The Obese Christ

By Larry Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman

The asocial, sexually repressed Edgar, kneeling in grief at his mother’s graveside, turns abruptly to witness a terrifying and life-altering event: the brutal rape of a young woman. Compelled by muddled instinct (and ingrained religious conviction), our hero bears the unconscious victim home, solemnly pledging to care for her – and to act as her saviour. As winter closes in, the captor’s neuroses are revealed and his behaviour becomes increasingly violent, allowing the victim only one escape.

With The Obese Christ, Larry Tremblay squarely situates himself within the realm of Hitchcock, Polanski, and Stephen King. A brilliant exercise in unease and paranoia, The Obese Christ demonstrates Tremblay’s powerful ability to evoke dead and fear, while immersing the reader in a wrapped and putrid world told from Edgar’s sanctified point of view.


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ISBN 13: 9780889228429 | ISBN 10: 0889228426
5 W x 8.5 H inches | 144 pp pages
$14.95 CAN / $14.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Fiction | Bisac: FIC019000
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QUOTES OF NOTE

“a disconcerting book – and that’s exactly what it intends to be. Three dozen scene-driven chapters, each two or three pages long; dense in their depiction of a man’s confusion, lucid and clear as a chair dragged across the linoleum floor of a quiet kitchen. … There are not many books that make this reader’s flesh crawl, but The Obese Christ is undoubtedly one of them. … If it sounds like your kind of fun, you’ll be hard pressed to find better …”
Montreal Review of Books

“This disturbing novel slowly and ingeniously unfolds, revealing an ever-darkening scenario. … Suspense is cleverly built up, understanding subtly created. … an intense and gripping journey enhanced by Tremblay’s lyrical, evocative language, his effective narrative technique, and his meticulous attention to the everyday, often unappetizing, details of housework, clothing, bodies.”
Event magazine

“This cinematographic novel advances with machinelike precision worthy of Hitchcock.”
Le Soleil

“Larry Tremblay has concocted an amazing psycho-religious thriller.”
Voir

About the Contributors

Larry Tremblay

Larry Tremblay is a writer, director, actor and specialist in Kathakali, an elaborate dance theatre form which he has studied on numerous trips to India. He has published twenty books as a playwright, poet, novelist and essayist, and is one of Quebec’s most-produced and translated playwrights (his plays have been translated into twelve languages).

Sheila Fischman

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Sheila Fischman was raised in Ontario and is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She is a founding member of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and has also been a columnist for the Globe and Mail and Montreal Gazette, a broadcaster with CBC Radio, and literary editor of the Montreal Star. She now devotes herself full time to literary translation, specializing in contemporary Quebec fiction, and has translated more than 125 Quebec novels by, among others, Michel Tremblay, Jacques Poulin, Anne Hébert, François Gravel, Marie-Claire Blais, and Roch Carrier.

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