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This bilingual edition is the first English translation of Aquin’s ground-breaking novella. Alone in exotic Naples, an impassioned Franßois anticipates the arrival of girlfriend H©l®ne. Uncertainty and impatience warp his waiting into an obsessive m©lange of recollection and speculation. His interior monologue threads its way through a disorienting universe of claustrophobic dilapidated hotel rooms, hostile incomprehension in the streets of a foreign city, and a train station where rendezvous cannot occur. Unremitting psychological exploration drives the narrator towards extreme personal apocalypse. In this novella the young Aquin turns away from ordinary narrative toward the signature qualities of his later writing. Frank sexuality, grotesque imagery, and autobiographical context helped to keep this story from being published. Joseph Jones’ accompanying essay situates the novella with reference to other works where psychic conditions generate a striking literary representation that seems to operate largely outside of any conscious tradition.
Über den Autor:
The life and writings of Hubert Aquin (1929Äì1977) now stand as an emblem of Quebec in transition. His personal situations and his political engagements find expression in resonant literary works where theoretical formal concerns confront assimilated traditions. In 2003 his novel Next Episode was selected as book of the year for CBC’s Canada Reads. Translator Joseph Jones lived in Aquin’s Montreal during the October Crisis. A thematic quest that has extended over three decades led him to uncover this novella. Joseph Jones lives in Vancouver, BC.