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Mayonnaise

by Eric Plamondon, translated by Dimitri Nasrallah

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list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
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category: Fiction
published: Oct 2018
ISBN:9781550655100
publisher: Vehicule Press
imprint: Esplanade Books
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Writer Richard Brautigan was a counter-cultural icon of the 1960s. In Mayonnaise, the second novel of Éric Plamondon's 1984 Trilogy, narrator Gabriel Rivages pieces together Brautigan's life starting in Oregon, where he was born, to San Francisco, where he became a poet and satirical novelist, and on to Bolinas, California, where he committed suicide in 1984. Sifting through the ruins of Sixties idealism, Plamondon recasts the American western frontier into a surreal, timeless place of industrial invention, Hollywood glamour and acid-washed hedonism. Originally published in French, Mayonnaise was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montreal.

A leading voice of new Quebec fiction, Plamondon's 1984 Trilogy follows the promise of the American Dream through the destinies of actor Johnny Weissmuller (Hungary-Hollywood Express, 2016), writer Richard Brautigan (Mayonnaise), and tech guru Steve Jobs (Apple S, 2019). Éric Plamondon was born in Quebec in 1969 and lives near Bordeaux, France.

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Eric Plamondon

A leading voice of new Quebec fiction, Eric Plamondon's "1984" trilogy follows the promise of the American Dream through the destinies of actor Johnny Weissmuller (Hungary-Hollywood Express, 2016), writer Richard Brautigan (Mayonnaise, 2018) and tech guru Steve Jobs (Apple S, 2019). Mayonnaise was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montreal. Eric Plamondon was born in Quebec in 1969 and lives near Bordeaux, France.
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Dimitri Nasrallah translated Éric Plamondon's Hungary-Hollywood Express, the first volume in the 1984 Trilogy. His translation of Apple S, the third, will appear in 2019. Nasrallah is the author of three novels, most recently The Bleeds (2018). He was born in Lebanon in 1977 and moved to Canada in 1988. His first novel, Blackbodying (2005), won the McAuslan First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. His second novel, Niko (2011), won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for CBC's Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and went on to become a critical and commercial success in French. He lives in Montreal, where he is fiction editor for the Esplanade Books imprint at Véhicule Press.
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Awards
  • Short-listed, Prix littéraire des collégiens
  • Short-listed, Prix des libraires du Québec
  • Short-listed, Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal
Editorial Review

Praise for Hungary-Hollywood Express:

"The prose is translucent, flowing, beautifully translated by Dimitri Nasrallah." Vincent Tinguely, Montreal Review of Books

"The delivery and timing are exquisite, each vignette a satisfying work of art in miniature." Peter McCambridge, Quebec Reads

"A portrait and kaleidoscope of a character who is truer than life." Josée Lapointe, La Presse

"A novel for the Wikipedia generation." Dominique Tardif, Voir

"[Plamondon] demonstrates that we can approach drama without falling into pathos or cynicism." Judy Quinn, Nuit Blanche

"Humans have a desperate need to organize, to establish connections, to see meaning in the random. Hungary-Hollywood Express gives us the pleasure of knowledge and the teasing challenge of puzzling out order, but it also provides a gentle warning about reading too much into the chaos." -André Forget, The Walrus

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