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Universal Bureau of Copyrights

by Bertrand Laverdure, translated by Oana Avasilichioaei

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From celebrated Quebecois author Bertrand Laverdure comes Universal Bureau of Copyrights , a bold, strange and addictive story that envisions a world where free will doesn't exist, and an enigmatic global corporation buys and sells the copyrights for all things on Earth, including real and fictional characters. Through this novel, which is part poetic narrative, part sci-fi-dystopian fantasy, readers become acquainted with the main character, a man who deconstructs himself as he navigates the mystifying passages of the story. Having no control over his environment, time continuum, or body, he is a puppet on strings, an icon in a video game and, as he eventually discovers within the bowels of the Universal Bureau of Copyrights, the object of countless copyrights. With touches of Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions and Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Universal Bureau of Copyrights packs a multitude of modern cultural references into an audacious exploration of identity and one's place in the world.

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Bertrand Laverdure is a poet, novelist, and the current Poet Laureate for Montreal (2015-17). A prolific author, Laverdure is the author of three books of poetry and four novels, including Lectodôme (2008), Bureau universel des copyrights (2011; published in English by BookThug as Universal Bureau of Copyrights in 2014), and La chambre Neptune (2016). He has won many awards for his work, including the 2003 Grand Prix du Festival International de Poésie de Trois-Rivières, and the 2009 Grand Prix littéraire Archambault.

Montreal-based writer, translator, and editor Oana Avasilichioaei has published five poetry collections, including Expeditions of a Chimæra (with Erín Moure; 2009), We, Beasts (2012; winner of the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers' Federation) and Limbinal (2015). Previous translations include Bertrand Laverdure's Universal Bureau of Copyrights (2014; shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Awards), Suzanne Leblanc's The Thought House of Philippa (co-translated with Ingrid Pam Dick; 2015), and Daniel Canty's Wigrum (2013).
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Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet and translator who transformed the landscape of Vancouver's Hastings Park into an acclaimed book of poems, feria: a poempark (2008). She has translated Nichita St nescu from Romanian, Louise Cotnoir and Genevive Desrosiers from French, created visual textworks for galleries in Montreal and Vancouver, and has performed her work in Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe. Her first book, Abandon (2005) has been translated into Spanish as Abandono and will soon appear in Mexico City.
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"Laverdure's clever commentary on identity, ownership, and control keeps us guessing right up to the end."
- The Times Literary Supplement

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