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Apple S

by (author) Éric Plamondon

translated by Dimitri Nasrallah

Vehicule Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2020
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    Jun 2020
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In Apple S, the kaleidoscopic worldview of celebrated Québécois novelist Éric Plamondon sets its sights on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the seeds of Silicon Valley. Concluding a wide-lens journey through the American West that began with Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller (Hungary-Hollywood Express, 2016) and continued with counter-culture poet Richard Brautigan (Mayonnaise, 2018), the final installment of the 1984 trilogy delivers a heart-rending meta-biography of a technological mastermind. With Plamondon's alter ego, Gabriel Rivages, using his Mac computer to dig deep into the internet's detritus to reconstruct Jobs, the author devises the story of the personal computer with episodes from the lives of Alan Turing, Charles Babbage, Lord Byron, Albert Einstein, George Orwell, and numerous other figures who inflected the arc of one of the twentieth century's most influential figures.

About the authors

Éric Plamondon was born in Québec in 1969 and currently lives in Bordeaux. He is the author of the 1984 trilogy, first published by Le Quartanier and quickly considered shining examples of a new generation of Québécois literary innovation. The trilogy has been published in France by Phébus. Plamondon has also published a novella, Ristigouche.

Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of two award-winning novels. 2011’s Niko won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, was longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Award and the 2016 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads.2005’s Blackbodying won the McAuslan First Book Award and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal.

Éric Plamondon's profile page

Dimitri Nasrallah was born in 1977, during the Lebanese civil war. In 1981, his family went into exile, living in Athens, Kuwait, and Dubai before immigrating to Canada in 1988. He received a Bachelor’s degree from York University in 2001, and then a Master’s degree from Concordia University in 2003. He currently lives in Montreal. His first novel,Blackbodying, has received national acclaim in Canada. The novel won the 2005 Quebec Writer’s Federation McAuslan First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the 2005 Grand Prix Du Livre de Montreal and a 2005 Independent Publishers’ Book Prize. His short story “The Forested Knolls of Elbasan” won the 2006 CBC Quebec Short Story Competition. He recently published his second novel, Nico. Apart from his creative work, he is a cultural critic whose writing has appeared in the Montreal Gazette, Montreal Review of Books, Exclaim!, Toronto’s Eye Weekly, and Urb.

Dimitri Nasrallah's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Here is an author who represents Quebec but looks outward to North American popular culture and historical artifact at large in order to find the framework with which to represent his home." -Dimtri Nasrallah, Drunken Boat

"Through multiple links that weave between the imagination of cybernetics and the history of literature, Plamondon's novel is a vibrant tribute to the ingenuity of human beings." -Alexandre Coderre, Spirale magazine

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