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Drama Canadian

Gapi and Sullivan

a play

by (author) Antonine Maillet

translated by Luis de Cépedes

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1987
Canadian, General, Women Authors
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1987
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Gapi, a lighthouse keeper and the husband of la Sagoine, is reunited with his navigator friend Sullivan, who has roamed the seas in quest of a "world full of hidden treasures." But the bond between the two men is threatened when old animosities are rekindled. At the heart of the conflict, is the woman whose love they once shared: la Sagoine.

About the authors

Born in Bouctouche, New Brunswick in 1929, Antonine Maillet is one of Canada's best-known writers both at home and abroad. The soul of contemporary Acadian literature, Maillet has been responsible for generating pride in her people through her stories depicting strong-willed Acadians. She is the author of dozens of books, including the award-winning and highly celebrated La Sagouine and The Tale of Don L'Orignal. She has also written children's books, radio and television scripts, and more than a dozen plays. Maillet was the first non-French citizen to win the prestigious Prix Goncourt for Pélagie-la-Charette. With that epic novel, she gained recognition for Acadia as she herself became more known throughout the world as a spokesperson for her people. Among her many literary prizes are the Prix France-Canada and the Governor General's Award. She is also a Companion of the Order of Canada (1982), Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Officer of the National Order of Québec, Officier des arts et des lettres and Officer des Palme's académiques in France, and Commandeur de l'Ordre du mérite culturel in Monaco. She has received honorary degrees from more than 25 universities in Canada and abroad and has served as chancellor of Université de Moncton, her alma mater.

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Luis de Cépedes is a freelance writer for Radio Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

Gapi's long wait for a reunion with Sullivan has once more provided Antoine Maillet with a chance to prove her inimitable talent – and non better than she can bring to life these ordinary folks of Acadia.

Le Droit, Ottawa

[A] compelling piece of theatre that should have a long life.

The Montreal Star

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