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Wintersleep

by Marie-Claire Blais

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list price: $12.99
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published: Sep 1998
ISBN:9781553803119
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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Known internationally as an award-winning Québecois novelist, Marie-Claire Blais has remained hidden as a dramatist from Anglophone readers. Nigel Spencer's first-ever translation recreates Blais' disturbing yet lyrical dramas, evoking a world of "winter sleep," while in the new millennium people prepare to put on new costumes, take on new roles.

About the Author
Marie-Claire Blais is the internationally revered author of more than twenty-five books, many of which have been published around the world. In addition to the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, which she has won four times, Blais has been awarded the Gilles-Corbeil Prize, the Médicis Prize, the Molson Prize, and Guggenheim Fellowships. She divides her time between Quebec and Florida.
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"Lyrical, elliptical musicality…"

In an excellent introduction, Nigel Spencer, the translator, contextualizes these lyrical, elliptical works...all five plays feature female voices asserting themselves in painful dialogue with male partners.  Oscillating between intimate personal detail and philosophical abstraction, between tentativeness and aggression, each play probes a different sensibility, a different tension.
The dialogue is rendered even more poignant by the accompanying musicality of Blais' long poetic lines.
Perhaps the most evocative of all is the study in contrasts, "FEVER"--a beautifully orchestrated dialogue between a wife and a husband in which she unveils his hypocrisy and her complicity against the exoticized backdrop of Morocco.
Reading these enigmatic musings set amidst highly visualized backgrounds or sets, one participates in the equivocal, tenuous relations between men and women, speech and silence, oppression and freedom.  As Blais, through the voice of her translator, so eloquently puts it: "But here I am, and he listens.  It is late.  At least, he seems to listen."
-Cathy Mezei--BOOKS IN CANADA, Summer 1999.

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