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What a brilliant idea: to adapt Michel Tremblay’s classic play, Forever Yours, Marie-Lou, for the stage in English by setting it not in Quebec’s cultural revolution but rather in Ireland, with its Catholic–Protestant and class tensions. Translator Michael West has done just that, and the production is on stage in Bath, England throughout April.
Photo by Simon Annand
The reviews hub gives this production 4 stars, and notes that this play is
widely considered a masterpiece … Conversations past and present intermingle and overlap, sometimes fragmented, sometimes Greek chorus: sister heaping accusations upon sister, mother upon father, husband upon wife. … So Beckettian is this paean to the failure of religious and social constructs to satisfy real human needs, so wrought from the depths of despair and bitterest laughter …
A review on WhatsOnStage.com confirms that
Tremblay writes a beautiful argument, one that ebbs and flows like a symphony. It’s almost flirtatious at times, tart and playful, as if forged out of fondness rather than frustration, but when it wants to be, it’s as bruising as a thumb forced into flesh.
Forever Yours, Marie-Lou is available from Talonbooks as an English translation by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco. A new edition, a new translation by Linda Gaboriau, will be published this fall under the slightly different title Yours Forever, Marie-Lou. Watch for it!
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.
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