As an innovative chronicler of the "little people" of Quebec, Michel Tremblay has no peer. Yet few Anglophone readers realize that Tremblay began as a writer of works of fantasy. Now, however, Michael Bullock, who won the Canada Council translation award for his translation of Tremblay's first collection of stories - Contes pour buveurs attardés (Stories for Late Night Drinkers) - has worked his magic upon Tremblay's first novel, La Cité dans l'oeuf (1969).
Michel Tremblay, Quebec's most well known author, was born in 1942 on rue Fabre in the Plateau Mont-Royal section of Montreal. He first became famous with his play Les Belles-Soeurs. This was followed by a full cycle of plays, which includes the much-played Hosanna. His novels include The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant and The First Quarter of the Moon.