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.
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