Mr. Blue is Jim's cat and his sole companion until the day they discover a copy of The Arabian Nights in a cave along the beach. From then on, the novel Jim is writing develops in unexpected ways. For "words are independent like cats, and they don't do what you want them to."
About the authors
Jacques Poulin, born in 1938 in Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Quebec, is one of the leading novelists of his generation. Author of over a dozen novels, including Volkswagen Blues which introduced him to a wider American and Canadian audience he has received many prizes.
Award-winning translator Sheila Fischman has translated over 150 Quebec novels from French to English, including Michel Tremblay, Marie-Claire Blais and Kim Thúy. She is a recipient of the Molson Prize for the Arts.