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Description - The Black Notebook by Michel Tremblay

In the heart of the Latin Quarter, meeting place of marginal characters of all sorts, Celine Poulin works the night shift at a cheap and popular restaurant, Le Select, serving hamburger platters and spaghetti and meatballs to student misfits, transvestites, hookers and queens from the Main--Montreal's disreputable Boulevard Saint-Laurent. Hanging out with a theatre company in her off hours, Celine sees opening before her a world where it is not only possible, but even desirable to pretend. When the director offers her a role in The Trojan Women, the die is cast. The Black Notebook is Celine's diary, her account of her trials and tribulations, her expectations and her cruel disappointments, because this young waitress at Le Select has her own dramatic story to tell, even if only to herself: Celine is a midget. From the theatre of Euripides to the theatre of Montreal's Main, Michel Tremblay--our Balzac--creates and gives voice to some astonishing new characters in this first of a new series of novels. For the characters of The Black Notebook, the first in this trilogy, life is a comedy that barely conceals the cruel and pitiless tragedy of the everyday. With a transcendent eloquence and compassion, Michel Tremblay celebrates how it is possible for Celine to embrace her difference and to flourish--despite that difference, or perhaps, because of it.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780889225435
ISBN-10: 0889225435
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Talon Books,Canada
Publisher: Talon Books,Canada
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Michel Tremblay

Michel Tremblay One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, Michel Tremblay has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Awards and Recognition* Prix du Grand (2009) La Traversee de la ville (Lemeac Editeur Inc.) Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix (2006) Globe and Mail Top 100 Books (2003) Birth of a Bookworm Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (2000) For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again Chalmers Awards (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1989, 2000) Governor General's Performing Arts Award (1999) Molson Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (1994) Louis-Hemon Prize (1994) Montreal Book Fair Grand Public Prize (1994) Banff Centre National Award (1992) Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France (1991) Chevalier of the Order of Quebec (1990) San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Festival Long-Standing Public Service Award (1989) CBC Anik Prize (1988) Athanase-David Lifetime Achievement Prize (1988) Quebec-Paris Prize (1985) Chevalier of Arts and Letters of France (1984). Sheila Fischman Born in Saskatchewan, Sheila Fischman is a member of the Order of Canada and has a doctorate from the University of Waterloo. A two-time Governor General's Award winner, Fischman has translated from French to English more than a hundred novels by such prominent Quebec writers as Michel Tremblay, Jacques Poulin, Anne Hebert, Francois Gravel, Marie-Claire Blais and Roch Carrier. In 2008, Fischman was awarded the prestigious Molson Prize for her outstanding contributions to Canadian literature.

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