Archive for May, 2014

J’haïs les Anglais

J’haïs les Anglais

The Plains of Abraham. The Durham Report. The War Measures Act. Conscription. Stephen Harper. The Orangemen. Rob Ford… The narrator of J’haïs les Anglais has plenty of reasons to hate “the English,” his catch-all term for anyone who speaks the language of Yes, No, Toaster that he can’t understand.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Review by Peter McCambridge
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La Fiancée américaine

La Fiancée américaine

On September 1, 1939, a huge ass rose on the German horizon. Like a star, it climbed high into a sky normally filled with pale moons, patches of fog, and the occasional harmless witch. Once it was nice and high in the sky, it began to shit, Kapriel. In your country, it snows. Well here, it shits. Brown sticky, stinking flakes of it began to fall lazily to the ground. They fell on people, on cars, on the Olympic Stadium… First across Germany, then across the rest of Europe. At the start, we managed to shovel away the shit that was falling, but soon it was up to our knees, then our waists. It shat for six years. Even today, we’re still shoveling away the shit that began to fall that day. What? You thought it had been shitting for a long time before that in Germany? Yes, but it only began to stink on September 1, 1939. You know the rest.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Peter McCambridge
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On the Proper Use of Stars

On the Proper Use of Stars

Thousands of people came to witness the departure of the Erebus and the Terror from British soil in 1845; Sir John Franklin was hailed as a hero setting off to conquer the Northwest Passage. But what began as a tremendous expedition set against a sea of cheering voices ended as a lone figure struggling in a vacuum of nothingness, hundreds of miles from anything but ice.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Review by Arielle Aaronson
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Against God

Against God

and it all starts when you go to the front door only to be confronted with two cops who look at you as though they’re carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, they ask you your name and your answer doesn’t make them feel any better, their faces just get even longer, so you wait […] and finally you ask what’s going on…

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli
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Against God

Against God

Patrick Senécal offers the reader a unique perspective on what it must feel like to lose those who are closest to you, and how rapidly a respectable citizen can lose his grasp on reality and descend into chaos.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Review by David Warriner
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8:17 PM, Rue Darling

8:17 PM, Rue Darling

“Stories are sacred. I’m unsure about a lot of things in life, but I know stories are sacred. Stories are the only eternity an agnostic like me can believe in…”

8:17 PM, Rue Darling is Montréal noir with an unmistakable French accent. Gérard is an alcoholic and former crime reporter, gone back to live in the disaster of a Montreal neighbourhood where he grew up. We follow him as he looks for answers in this flawed world.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by John Gilmore
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New Tab

New Tab

“Best way to describe my relationship with my hair would be ‘Hostage situation.’”

New Tab is a touching portrait of life in Montreal as so many of us know it today. Morissette’s is a unique voice, but at the same time it’s the voice of a generation, the voice of our generation.

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New Tab

New Tab

New Tab is a touching portrait of life in Montreal as so many of us know it today. Morissette’s is a unique voice, but at the same time it’s the voice of a generation, the voice of our generation.

“I thought about things like self-esteem, success, relationships and self-improvement all being for other people. I thought about self-sabotage being for me.
Later, I stared at what looked like the beginning of a sunrise.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Review by Peter McCambridge
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