Veiled Countries/Lives are the two discrete series of poems (published in French in 1964) which form the complete poetic oeuvre of Marie-Claire Blais, the prize-winning fiction writer. This is the first time they have appeared in English.
Marie-Claire Blais is a defining figure in Canada&146;s literary landscape, with over 30 books to her credit, including La Belle Bete (Mad Shadows), published when she was twenty, Une Saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel (A Season in the Life of Emmanuel), which is now taught regularly in university and college courses, and Soifs (These Festive Nights), which won the Governor General's Award in 1996.
Michael Harris' most recent book of poems, Circus (2010) was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. He is a two-time winner of the CBC Literary Competition, and has translated the complete poetry of Marie-Claire Blais (Veiled Countries\ Lives). He lives in Montreal, Quebec, where runs Montreal Books, a rare and used Internet bookshop. During his tenure as editor of Signal Editions, Michael Harris saw through to publication some 60 titles. The present volume is Signal's 100th book.