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    ISBN: 9781772010275 | Paperback

    144 pages | Pub. Date: 20161118
    5.5 W × 8 H × .315 D inches
    Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
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False Starts
A Subterfuge of Excellent Wit
By Louis Patrick Leroux
Translated by Alexander St-Laurent & Katia Grubisic
Introduction by Jenn Stephenson & Nicole Nolette

False Starts presents a series of determining moments between two people stuck reliving the same moment over and over, but in unexpected ways and in different genres (from diary to dramatic dialogue, film script to sound installation). Their interdependence and fundamental inability to say how they feel for one another over twenty years – in spite of their eloquence, in spite of their creativity – constitutes the background of the ongoing spectacle of their relationship.

Made up of a series of short pieces originally published in French as Dialogues fantasques pour causeurs éperdus, this translation by the author and Alexandre St-Laurent with Katia Grubisic, also offers previously unpublished texts. Originally staged for the stage, screen, and elevator at Montreal’s matralab.

By Louis Patrick Leroux

A playwright and theatre director, Louis Patrick Leroux is also an associate professor in both the English and French departments at Concordia University.

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Translated by Alexander St-Laurent

Alexander St-Laurent completed a BA and an MA in Creative Writing at Concordia University. He is currently a PhD student in English Literature at the Université de Montréal.

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Translated by Katia Grubisic

Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor, and translator.

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Introduction by Jenn Stephenson

Jenn Stephenson is a professor at the Dan School of Drama & Music at Queen’s University.

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Introduction by Nicole Nolette

Nicole Nolette is a professor in the Department of French Studies at the University of Waterloo.

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