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Talonbooks is grieved to learn of the passing, earlier this week, of beloved and reclusive Quebec author Réjean Ducharme at age 76. His passing was first announced by his French publisher, Éditions Gallimard.
Ducharme’s works – particularly his debut novel L’Avalée des avalés (published in English as The Swallower Swallowed) – influenced the Quebecois zeitgeist during the Quiet Revolution and have maintained their presence in the undercurrents of Quebec culture.
Two of Ducharme’s novels have been published by Talonbooks in English translations by Will Browning: Go Figure (originally published in French in 1994 as Va savoir) and Miss Take (originally published in French – in France, at first – in 1968 as Le nez qui voque), which is now considered a Quebec classic.
Ducharme’s works walk a fine line with impressive balance: they are both culturally subversive and well received. His novels and a play won Governor General’s Awards in 1966, 1973, and 1982; in 2000, he was named Officer of the Order of Quebec; and in 2016, the Quebec government hailed the 1966 publication of The Swallower Swallowed as a “historical event,” an “emblem of the effervescence of Quebec literature.” Ducharme continued writing throughout his life despite his refusal to attend public events honouring his work. He rarely allowed photographs, and since the 1960s he shied away from the media; many think of him still as Quebec’s Salinger.
Also see coverage of Ducharme’s passing in the National Post and other news outlets.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon
By Carl Peters
On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!
Our Spiritual Lives
We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon
A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …
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