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A Season in the Life of Emmanuel
A Season in the Life of Emmanuel

A Season in the Life of Emmanuel

By Marie-Claire Blais, Illustrated by Mary Meigs, Translated by Derek Coltman, Introduction by Priscila Uppal

Exile Classics series


164 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: April 2009

ISBN 9781550961188

Rights: US, CA, AU, NZ, EUR & SAM

Exile Editions (Apr 2009)

Price: $19.95


Following the life of newborn infant, Emmanuel, this great contemporary novel of Quebec exposes a painful history central to the new consciousness that emerged in the 1960s known as “the quiet revolution.” The story of Emmanuel and his 15 brothers and sisters spotlights the grinding poverty under the mental regime of the Catholic Church at its least enlightened and most inescapable. This insightful narrative documents the hardships and cruelties of their social condition with dark humor and passionate imagination as they endeavor to survive harsh schools, dreary convents, and hunger.

Author Biography

Marie-Claire Blais is the author of more than 20 novels, 5 plays, and collections of poetry and short stories. She is the recipient of the Prix France-Canada and the prestigious Prix Médicis and was the first North American writer invited to join Belgium's prestigious Academy of French Language and Literature. She lives in Key West, Florida. Mary Meigs is an American painter who emigrated to Canada and is best known for her literary contributions. Derek Coltman has worked as a translator for more than five decades and has translated many of the most recognized contemporary French authors. Priscila Uppal is a poet, a fiction writer, and a professor of humanities and English at York University. Her work has been translated into Croatian, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Korean, and Latvian. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.