A Great Consolation Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781772015065
Pages: 192
Pub. Date: March 18 2025
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.8125"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Fiction / FIC008000

  • FICTION / LGBTQ+ / Gay
  • FICTION / World Literature / Canada / 20th Century
  • FICTION / Family Life / General
  • FICTION / Sagas

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A Great Consolation
Survive! Survive! & Misery's Progress
By Michel Tremblay
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Survive! Survive! transports readers to September 1935, to glorious, tragic times in the colourful company of Ti-Lou and “the Duchess” Édouard, whose sparkling exchanges hide indissoluble pain; to sombre, twilight times with Victoire and Télesphore at the bottom of the ruelle des Fortifications, and between Josaphat and Laura Cadieux, his ill-fated daughter who wants at all costs to find her mother, Imelda Beausoleil. “How to survive?” they all ask, inextricably caught in life’s cycle of lost illusions and forgotten dreams. Even as this chronicle of resilience dwells in the difficulties and disenchantments of ordinary life, it reveals existences that accommodate a happiness that passes – always too fast and almost too late.

The series closes with Misery’s Progress, whose action unfolds in August 1941, when the families of Nana and Gabriel unhappily cram together in a new apartment. Nana, inconsolable after the loss of her two eldest children to tuberculosis, is forced to live with Victoire and Édouard, as well as with Albertine, her husband Paul, and their children, Thérèse and baby Marcel. Outside this unbearably crowded household, war rages and rationing deprives everyone of basic necessities.

These characters don’t know what readers of Tremblay do: that in a year, in May 1942, Nana – the Fat Woman Next Door – seven months pregnant, will open the fabulous Chronicles of the Plateau-Mont-Royal …