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The Alley Cat

by Yves Beauchemin, afterword by Kenneth Radu

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First published in Quebec in 1981, Beauchemin’s highly acclaimed comic masterpiece of storytelling follows in the tradition of the great novels of the 19th century.

When Florent Boissonneault comes to the aid of an accident victim, his life changes forever. One onlooker, the powerful and sinister Egon Ratablavasky, comes to haunt his ambitions and dreams, lurking behind his every opportunity, success, and failure. Finally, obsessed by a need to free himself, Florent discovers how to fight back.

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About the Authors

Yves Beauchemin

YVES BEAUCHEMIN is a mordant social satirist and one of the most pre-eminent Québecois writers of his generation. His novels include Charles the Bold, The Waitress of the Café Cherrier, and The Alley Cat, which was the bestselling French-Canadian novel of all time. He is also a children’s book writer and a member of the Académie des lettres du Québec. In 2011, he was awarded the Ludger-Duvernay Prize, which recognizes the outstanding contribution and societal influence of Quebec writers.

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Kenneth Radu has published books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including The Cost of Living, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. His collection of stories A Private Performance and his novel Distant Relations both received the Quebec Writers' Federation Award for best English-language fiction. His last novel is The Purest of Human Pleasures (Penguin). He is also the author of Sex in Russia: New & Selected Stories (DC Books Canada). Born in Windsor, Ontario, he taught for many years at John Abbott College near Montreal and now writes full time
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Contributor Notes

Yves Beauchemin was born in Noranda, Quebec, in 1941. After receiving his licence ès lettres in French and art history at the University of Montreal in 1965, he taught literature at the Collège Garneau and Laval University, then worked as an editor in a Montreal publishing firm while beginning to contribute essays and stories to magazines and newspapers. In 1969 he accepted a position as a researcher at Radio-Québec.

Beauchemin’s first novel, The Bamboozled (1974), won the Prix France-Québec, his second novel, The Alley Cat (1981), became the all-time best-selling novel in Quebec literature and has been translated into fifteen languages, and his third novel, Juliette (1989), won the Prix Jean Giono.

In his fiction Beauchemin is a detached but caring observer of the contemporary world around him. The panoramic canvases of his novels capture the teeming life of the streets, reflecting their author’s appreciation of such great nineteenth-century writers as Balzac and Dickens, Dostoevsky and Gogol.

Yves Beauchemin reside in Langueuil, Quebec.

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