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By David Clerson, Translated by Katia Grubisic


150 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

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

Publication Date: November 2016

ISBN 9781771860864

Rights: WOR X CA

Baraka Books (Nov 2016)
QC Fiction


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David Clerson's first novel won the Grand prix littéraire Archambault 2014. It is an original piece of fiction, steeped in myth and fable, a reflection of our own familiar surroundings in a distorting mirror. This world of "monstrous creatures, bigger than anything they could imagine, two-headed fish, turtles with shells as huge as islands, whales with mouths big enough to swallow up whole cities" is seen through the eyes of two brothers, the elder brother missing an arm, the younger fashioned by his mother from that arm.


"A surprising blend of fairy tale and adventure story, Brothers is a violent epic that feels like an ancient legend. A remarkable first novel, anchored in the traditions of another age and carried along by modern language." —Lettres québécoises

"Katia Grubisic's translation of the text offers flowing, unadorned prose that sings with the depth and simplicity of the story. Clerson's narrative charms lead us wilfully to unknown and unthinkable places. In the end, the reader is left with a single feather of hope, and the knowledge that beautiful monsters lurk at the fringes of CanLit." —Dean Garlick, Montreal Review of Books

"By using timeless techniques to distill various traditions into a singular, satisfying story, Brothers offers a genuine example of literary innovation." —Bardia Sinaee, Quill & Quire

"The best book I read all year." —Dustin Parkes, National Post Arts Editor

"Gripping." —Jade Colbert, Globe and Mail

"The prose, beautifully translated by poet Katia Grubisic, is crystalline, spare, and unsentimental. The balance is just right . . . it holds you in awe. It is surreal, grotesque and beautiful in turn." —Joseph Schreiber,

"Brothers is quite simply a wonderful book, a story that sweeps you along . . . Clerson has produced a breathless tale. I found many similarities with last year's Best Translated Book Award winner." —Tony Malone,

"Brothers is a coming-of-age story that develops unusually, moving briskly and capturing the temporal and spatial shifting of a dream . . . The novel's distinctive dreamlike flavour is strong and well-executed . . . a very open, very readable adventure." —Dan Twerdochlib, Winnipeg Review

Author Biography

David Clerson was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1978 and lives in Montreal. He was a finalist in Radio-Canada's 2012 short story competition. Brothers is his first novel. Katia Grubisic has been working as a writer, translator and editor for fifteen years, and has published poetry, fiction, translations, and criticism in Canada and internationally. She translates primarily from French into English, as well as from Croatian and occasionally from Spanish. She has been on the editorial boards of a number of literary magazines, of the Icehouse Poetry imprint at Goose Lane Editions, and she is currently Associate Editor at Linda Leith Publishing. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and the AM Klein award, and her 2008 collection, What if red ran out, won the Gerald Lampert prize.