Brothers by David ClersonBrothers by David Clerson


byDavid ClersonTranslated byKatia Grubisic

Paperback | November 1, 2016

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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.
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 in...
Title:BrothersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:150 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.4 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:Baraka BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1771860863

ISBN - 13:9781771860864

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"Extraordinary . . . I don’t recall reading a novel with such visceral impact. The elemental imagery and saga ferocity are intense. Brothers packs a punch way above its 150-page weight." —Simon Lavery,"The prose can be as ominous and as vivid as Cormac McCarthy's Child of God. It is testament to Katia Grubisic's translation that such an analogy is not hyperbolic . . . . This is an extraordinary first novel by an enormously talented writer, and a first translation by an enormously talented poet-translator. Brothers by David Clerson is a carefully wrought work of dark beauty." —Des Barry, 3 AM Magazine