On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9781487006105_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $22.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Fiction
published: July 2019
ISBN:9781487006105

The Body of the Beasts

by Audrée Wilhelmy, translated by Susan Ouriou

reviews: 0
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
literary, magical realism, family life
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $22.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Fiction
published: July 2019
ISBN:9781487006105
Description

Reminiscent of Gaétan Soucy’s The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Audrée Wilhelmy’s The Body of the Beasts is a startling, gorgeously written novel that tells the story of the Boryas family, who mind a lighthouse and live in isolation until their lives are altered when young Noé arrives in Sitjaq after fifteen years of wandering.

Her dresses are torn, her manners are savage. Noé marries into the family and bears seven children that she leaves to the care of Sevastien-Benedikt, an elder and kind of giant on whose hunting and gathering the family depends. Noé then moves into a cabin on her own and covers the walls with drawings that explain her mysterious life.

The extended family’s curious and enthralling descent into a weirdly carnal, primal existence reaches its disturbing, singular apogee in the revelatory life of twelve-year-old Mie, one of Noé’s daughters, who is able to borrow at will the body of mammals, birds, fish, and insects. Her shape-shifting allows her to know the world, but only to a point. When her awakening body starts to intrigue her, she shamelessly asks her uncle Osip to show her “how humans do sex,” something she has as yet only briefly experienced through the animals whose bodies she has borrowed.

The Body of the Beasts is a tour de force, driven by uninhibited and sensuous writing, a book that explores an aspect of the human condition too often ignored — our animal nature.

About the Authors

Audrée Wilhelmy

AUDRÉE WILHELMY was born in 1985 in Cap Rouge, Quebec and now lives in Montreal. She is the winner of France’s Sade Award, has been a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Prix France-Québec and the Quebec Booksellers Award. The Body of the Beasts is her third novel and the first to be translated into English.

Author profile page >

Susan Ouriou is an award-winning writer, editor and literary translator with over thirty translations and co-translations of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature to her credit. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. She also recently published Nathan, a novel for young readers. Susan lives in Calgary.

Author profile page >
Contributor Notes

AUDRÉE WILHELMY was born in 1985 in Cap Rouge, Quebec and now lives in Montreal. She is the winner of France’s Sade Award, has been a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Prix France-Québec and the Quebec Booksellers Award. The Body of the Beasts is her third novel and the first to be translated into English.

Susan Ouriou is an award-winning writer, editor and literary translator with over thirty translations and co-translations of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature to her credit. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. She also recently published Nathan, a novel for young readers. Susan lives in Calgary.

Editorial Review

PRAISE FOR AUDRÉE WILHELMY AND THE BODY OF BEASTS
“A marvel . . . The style is magnificent, the characters unforgettable: Noé, Mie, and Osip are great literary creations. As with all these author’s books, the sensual is omnipresent, and sometimes troubling. The ending is overwhelming, and the chapter on the skinning of a whale is fantastic. Run to buy this book as soon as it arrives at the store!” — Michel Tremblay, Winner of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award
“With a miniaturist’s touch, Audrée Wilhelmy creates a singular universe suffused with sap and silence, at once lush to the limit, smothering and amoral . . . A tour de force of audacity and sensuality achieved unhesitatingly in full-bodied writing that is precise and without misstep. A brilliant novel that explores from on high an aspect of the human condition too often eluded: our own bestiality.” — Le Devoir

PRAISE FOR AUDRÉE WILHELMY AND LES SANGS
Finalist, Prix des lecteurs de l’Hebdo
Finalist, Prix Marie Claire du roman féminin
Finalist, Prix des libraires du Québec
Finalist, Prix France-Québec

PRAISE FOR AUDRÉE WILHELMY AND OSS
Finalist, Governor General’s Literary Award
Longlist, Prix des libraires du Québec

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Other Titles by Susan Ouriou

Sandbar

Sandbar

edition:Paperback
tagged :
More Info
Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre

Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre

Indigenous Poems and Stories from Quebec/Poèmes et récits autochtones du Québec
edited by Susan Ouriou
translated by Christelle Morelli
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
More Info
Beyond Words

Beyond Words

Translating the World
edited by Susan Ouriou
edition:Paperback
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...