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260 Pages, 5 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95)

Publication Date: April 2021

ISBN 9781550655537

Rights: US

Vehicule Press (Apr 2021)
Esplanade Books

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Gripping and hallucinatory, Swallowed is every bit as shocking and relevant today as it was upon first publication in 1966

In 1966, Réjean Ducharme, then a 24-year-old unknown, published L’Avalée des avalés, this debut novel that would go on to serve as a zeitgeist for several generations of French-Canadian readers. Over the last fifty years, it has become a cornerstone for a culture, taught in high schools and universities as the foundation of the modern Québécois literature. Astoundingly, an English-language edition of the book hasn’t been in print since 1968, and has never before been available in Canada.At nine years old, Berenice feels trapped by home, family, and dogmas both real and invented. Precocious and over-intelligent, she despises her dysfunctional parents too viciously, loves her brother Christian too passionately, and follows the logical pirouettes of her imagination to conclusions too dangerous. She lives on a secluded island, where she hatches plans to run away with Christian and escape her mother’s needy overtures for affection. When on the cusp of puberty Berenice becomes too wild for even her parents to control, she’s sent to live in New York with her father’s ultra-religious relatives where, pushed to confine her impulses, she instead forces herself forward to new extremes.Gripping and hallucinatory, Swallowed is every bit as shocking and relevant today as it was upon first publication

Author Biography

Madeleine Stratford is a poet, a literary translator and a professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. In 2017, her English translation of a picture book by German author Lilli L'Arronge was shortlisted for a Kirkus Prize. Her French translations of Marianne Apostolides (Elle nage, 2016) and Cherie DImaline (Pilleurs de rêves, 2019) were both finalists for a Governor General's Literary Award. Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of three novels. His first novel, Blackbodying, won the QWF-McAuslan First Book Prize. His second novel, Niko, was nominated for CBC's Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Nasrallah's most recent novel is The Bleeds, which has also been published in French. He lives in Montreal, where he is fiction editor for the Esplanade Books imprint at Véhicule Press. Réjean Ducharme (1941-2017) published nine novels, as well as two screenplays, from 1966 to 1990. He won Canada's Governor General Literary Award three times. Famously reclusive, he never spoke to the media or appeared in public, and only three photos of him are publicly available. Ducharme is a pioneering figure of modern Québécois fiction.